ILOILO City – The awaited match between Kaya Iloilo and Global Cebu in the ongoing 2018 Philippines Football Club at the Iloilo Sports Complex on Wednesday will not push through, to the home team’s dismay.
Kaya general manager Paul Tolentino announced the cancellation of the match – supposedly Kaya’s first in its new official home field in La Paz district – in a news conference on Tuesday.
“I have to inform everybody that the match for Wednesday with Global Cebu FC is not going to push through,” Tolentino told the press.
“We got a letter (email) from [PFL] last (Monday) night that Global [is] not travelling to Iloilo,” he said.
Tolentino refused to say what stops Global Cebu from coming to Iloilo. He referred the press to the PFL.
“We are very sad and disappointed because we were looking forward to play our first game here in Iloilo and show the fans what Kaya FC is all about,” the team general manager said.
Kaya team captain Jovin Bedic shared the same sentiment.
“Ako, as a player, siyempre very disappointed na siyempre hometown ko pa, tapos first game,” said the native of Barotac Nuevo town, dubbed the “football capital” of Iloilo province.
“Very disappointed na hindi ako makapaglaro ng first game ko dito, at saka siyempre iyong mga tao din, excited na kaming lahat na makapaglaro,” he said.
Asked what he thinks Global’s reason for not coming, Bedic said the Ilonggo crowd may have “scared” the opposing team. “Hindi ko alam baka natakot din sila kasi iyong crowd ng Iloilo iba naman.”
Despite this Tolentino hopes Ilonggo football fans would still come and watch Kaya’s two other home games against Davao Aguilas scheduled on May 20 and June 2.
He clarified that fans who bought tickets for the cancelled May 2 match may still use them for the May 20 and June 2 matches.
“We will honor the tickets na nabili para hindi masayang. Ayaw naming sayangin ang pera ng tao,” he said.
On Wednesday Kaya will hold a football clinic and a meet-and-greet with fans who will head to the Iloilo Sports Complex.
CERES REQUESTS VENUE CHANGES
Moreover Tolentino said Kaya’s May 12 game against Ceres Negros – originally scheduled in Iloilo – will be held in Bacolod City. The PFL changed the venue at the request of Ceres.
“They requested that the first game on May 12 be held in Bacolod and the July game – which was supposed to be played in Bacolod – be held in Iloilo,” said Tolentino
He said the PFL schedules are in conflict with those of the ASEAN zonal semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation Cup that Ceres currently joins./PN