The upcoming friendlies of the Philippine National Football Team will be played at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium (RMFS) in Manila, according to the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).
The Azkals’ friendlies against Bahrain on October 7 and North Korea on October 10, originally planned to be staged at the Philippines Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan will now be held at the RMFS.
PFF General Secretary Edwin Gastanes said in a statement that they opted to move the games back to the RMFS because the pitch of the Iglesia Ni Cristo-owned stadium is undergoing maintenance work.
“The PFF would like to ensure the natural grass field in the Philippine Sports Stadium is in optimum condition for the November matches under the AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2016. The field is under ongoing improvement,” he said.
“A total of five matches will be played in a span of seven days in the Suzuki Cup Group Stage. November is not a summer month so we are expecting some days where it might rain,” he added.
The 25,000-seater Philippines Sports Stadium will be the main venue of the Group A matches of the upcoming Southeast Asian football championship.
The eight-decade old RMFS will be utilized as the secondary site of the AFF Suzuki Cup.