23 February 2016

Philippines withdrawing as host for AFF Suzuki Cup ?

Latest news is that Phillippines will not be hosting 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup and will be replaced by Malaysia. Myanmar is the second co-host of the group stage.

The decision will be announced on March 12 at AFF Council meeting.

https://twitter.com/chrisraj23

To be updated....

27 comments:

  1. What the hell is PFF doing??

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    1. Shooting themselves on their foot

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  3. What the f.... is happening! The PFF is wasting its chances!! I don't care if there will be no Peace Cup this edition, no high profile friendlies, but the AFF Suzuki Cup is a must. I Myanmar can, why not us. There are lot of possible venues, from Rizal, Phil Sports Stadium or if they want attendance, why not in Panaad? Also Smart is one of the sponsors of the PFF right?

    What's next, we will not participate at all? What a waste.

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    1. Even if I'm from Manila, let it the tournament be hosted in Panaad or the Visayas if it means making the hosting feasible.

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    2. Speaking of Panaad, 15,000 attended the Ceres-Selangor game. And that's club football.

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  4. Hope its just a rumor, are there any links suggesting this.

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  5. Could be due to artificial pitch..

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    1. I don't think so. The Rizal Memorial Stadium, Philippine Sports Stadiums has hosted World Cup qualifiers. We also have the Panaad Stadium which is hosting a AFC Cup match.

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    2. Alot of top teams do not want to play on artificial pitch

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  6. This tournament is a pinnacle of Southeast Asian football and the PFF is squandering its chances?

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  7. I feared this was coming when the PFF stopped mentioning the Philippine Stadium as one of the venues.

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  8. Of course basketball is the only sport then volleyball then sovcer

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  9. Its 2010 Suzuki Cup semifinals all over again.

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  10. If Malaysia gets hosting rights, its a chance for FAM to redeem themselves after the 2015 debacles, the humiliating defeat to UAE, early exit in the WCQ qualifiers, lowest ever rankings. For the PFF, its an opportunity wasted.

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  11. Basing from the rough google translate from Malay. The PFF refuses to pay stadium fee? which stadium? Can't they find sponsors?

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    1. Why kinukurakot na pera sa halip na ibayad sa Stadium fees?

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  12. It would be okay if the PFF at least explains if indeed we will withdraw. I hope they have a good reason if they do. I hope our local journalists will query the PFF regarding the issue.

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  13. Maybe there is not enough fans supporting the team to justify paying the stadium fees. If we had soldout stadiums at Rizal or the Philippine Stadium with the capacity of 20,000 at the 2nd venue in past games, I don't think we would be talking about this topic today. You can't always depend on sponsorship. Remember that the PFF is also trying to organize a national professional league quite soon and that is also gonna cost some money.

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  14. Why not just host the matches in Bacolod Iloilo or Cebu? I'm sure they'll charge less and there'll be plenty of people who will watch?
    From what I heard before PSC charges 1 million pesos for every azkal matches held there and PSS charges 1.5 million pesos per match on their venue
    Anyway, no official news about Philippines withdrawing as hosts ALL RUMORS and tweets
    it might even be a publicity stunt to get people talking about it

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    1. it was previously stated in a blog post here that the proposed venue for the 2016 suzuki cup is on the panaad stadium and another stadium from iloilo. and yeah im also shocked about that news if its true :( it would be a wasted opportunity..

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    2. the AFF has to qualify those venues first and they tend to have more stringent requirements especially when it comes to their premier competition, the Suzuki Cup.

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  15. Honestly i don't really care as it's only group round hosting anyway. We will get through the group round no matter where it's held. All i care is if we can finally go further than past 3 editions where we have been stuck in the semifinals without a single goal. Now we got a great squad and most of them are now based in the PH so no need to worry about their availability anymore. We have great chance to win the first ever title. So, as long as PFF provides perfect preparation plan for the Azkals before the competition, i don't give a damn about this issue.

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    1. Come to think of it isn't that bad. Sure the fans planning to watch the games live but otherwise can't afford to go overseas are disappointed. Number 1 thing that the PFF should prepare is the azkals' preparation. Although, the PFF should not leave fans in the dark regarding these matters.

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  16. Official now : Philippines withdrew

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