Philippines ready for Suzuki Cup – Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will leave no stone unturned as it prepares to host the most prestigious football tournament in the region for the first time late this year.
The country will stage one of the two groups in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup from November 19 to 26 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan and the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
“It’s a big challenge and an opportunity for all football stakeholders in the country,” said PFF general-secretary Ed Gastanes at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate on Tuesday.
“The coming months will be tough for the PFF, but what we’re doing is very important for football development. The cost is only secondary as it (the hosting) will be privately-funded.”
The three other countries that will join the Philippines in the group as well as the other bracket that will play in Myanmar will be known in the official draw on August 2.
Only the top two teams from the group qualify to the semifinals — a stage the Azkals have reached the past three tournaments starting with Vietnam in 2010.
Six teams, including defending champion Thailand, are already in the main draw of the tournament with two more squads entering the group stage via a qualifying tournament in Cambodia in October.

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