TALISAY CITY – Bacolod and Negros football fans get another chance to witness the Philippine men’s football team – Azkals playing at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City tentatively on October 11, 13 and 15.
This was disclosed yesterday by Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, who was also present during the opening of Super Metro at The District North Point Ayala Mall here in Talisay City.
"Last year’s Peace Cup, we beaten teams from Chinese Taipei, Guam and Hongkong to bag the crown. This time, our national team will be playing against the top teams from Europe," said Puentevella, who is also a FIFA Marketing and Television executive.
Puentevella said that Cyril Dofitas, Philippine Football Federation Tournament Committee head, has already given the green light for Panaad to stage the event.
"It’s a big development for Bacolod, because hotels and other businesses will benefit from this international competition," Puentevella said. "I’m asking those who want to watch the games to make early booking on our hotels because tourists are expecting to flock in the city for the Masskara celebration," he added.
The tournament will, likewise, serve as part of the national squad’s preparation for next year’s AFC Challenge Cup. The team advance in 2014 Challenge Cup after topping Group E last March at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Moreover, it will also be Panaad’s first game featuring the Azkals and foreign teams after it last hosted the Philippines-Guam friendly last June 12, 2012.
Negros Daily Bulletin