Philippines wants to retain AFF Suzuki Cup hosting rights

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Rizal Memorial stadium

The Philippines Football Federation (PFF) is set to make an appeal to retain the hosting rights of the 2016 ASEAN Football Federation () Suzuki Cup during the meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam on March 12.The PFF wants the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium (RMFS) to be the primary venue of the meet.

“We are telling them to approve Rizal [RMFS] as the primary stadium. There is only a chance [that we can retain the hosting] if they approve Rizal,” PFF President Mariano Araneta told The Manila Times.

The RMFS, which was built in 1934 and has been the home of the national football team for most of its home matches, has a maximum seating capacity of 12,873. But as per the Suzuki Cup hosting regulations, the primary venue for the group stage of the tournament should at least have a 30-thousand seating capacity.
“We are the only country now that does not own a national stadium. Even the other countries have their own 20,000 to 25,000-capacity stadiums. But we only have a 1934-built stadium. That’s why the Suzuki Cup is on the balance,” Araneta added.“It will all depend on the Lagardere Sports Media (Formerly World Sports Group) because if they [AFF] don’t see the stadium to be fit, it wont be possible. They [Lagardere Sports Media] have to fix the stadium to make it more attractive on television. If they can see that it can be done, maybe they will give us a chance,” he said.

If Philippines failing to meet the requirement, the host will automatically goes to Malaysia as Singapore and Vietnam had withdrawn their bids to be host.

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