Philippines to host AFF Suzuki Cup Group Stage after all

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 12, 2016 11:28 PM
PH to host AFF Suzuki Cup Group Stage after all
REJOICE! The Philippines will be hosting the Group Stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup after all!

Good news, Pinoy football fans! The Philippines will be hosting the Group Stage of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup after all!

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) dropped the good news Saturday afternoon on their website, after reports surfaced last month that the country has withdrawn from hosting duties due to issues with the possible venues.

In the PFF’s post, it was announced that the AFF Council had confirmed the Philippines’ participation in the upcoming Suzuki Cup, slated for late November, and the chosen venue will be the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan.

“AFF Council has confirmed during its meeting today at Da Nang, Vietnam the hosting by the Philippines of the Group Stage of AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 on 19-26 November 2016. The hosting of this event is an opportunity and a challenge to PFF and all football stakeholders in the Philippines. PFF is thankful for the robust support of the Philippine Sports Commission and the meaningful cooperation of the Philippine Sports Stadium to help promote football especially to our nation’s youth.”  (via

The Philippine Sports Stadium is no stranger to international football competition, as the mega-arena has hosted a number of sanctioned matches for the AFC as well as World Cup Qualifiers featuring the Azkals.

This is certainly something to look forward to, as Pinoy football-heads will get to watch their Philippine Azkals compete against some of Asia’s best football teams once again, and they will also be able to watch the other teams from Asia showcase their talents as well! 

For more information, check out the PFF’s Official Website

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