MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Azkals’ upcoming international friendlies against Bahrain and North Korea have been moved from their original venue, the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, to the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
Philippine Football Federation general secretary Edwin Gastanes said transfer was done to make room for ongoing improvement works on the PSS’s natural grass field and ensure it would be in “optimum condition” for the AFF Suzuki Cup group matches in November.
The Azkals are slated to play Bahrain on Oct. 7 and North Korea on Oct. 10 ahead of their stint in the Suzuki Cup group stage from Nov. 19-25. The Pinoy booters are also penciled for a home friendly versus Kyrgyzstan at the PSS on Nov. 9 but this will likely be transferred to Rizal’s artificial turf as well, according to Gastanes.
“The PFF is required to have the natural grass field in the primary venue (PSS) in tip-top condition for the Suzuki Cup matches,” Gastanes told The STAR.