THE Cebu Football Association (CFA) is ready to host another friendly match once given the go signal by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) but the board is asking the PFF to be given enough time to prepare.
Last Friday, the All India Football Federation posted in its website that its national team will take on the Philippines in a friendly on Sept. 6. The match, which will fall on a Fifa international date, could be held in Cebu.
According to CFA tournament committee chairmanGlenn Quisido, PFF already approached them and asked if they would be willing to host another friendly.
Quisido, who was the overall chairman in the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup, said there would be no problem in hosting another friendly as long as they will be given enough time.
“Katong sa President’s Cup, na three weeks lang to kay nakaya man nato but for another friendly, mangayo mi’g time to plan gyud,” said Quisido.
He said that they can work with a two-month preparation; however, he added that it will not be for the logistics but for the marketing side.
Based on his experience, the field only needs a month to be rehabilitated but for ticket sales, the longer the preparation time, the more tickets could be sold for the event day.
During the President’s Cup, the grandstand at the Cebu City Sports Center wasn’t filled, and for a one-day friendly, the CFA wants it packed with fans.
PFF still has the last say on where the game will be held in the country but as of now their options are limited to the Cebu City Sports Center and the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod since the Rizal Memorial Stadium is under renovation.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 02, 2013.