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Rizal Memorial or Philippine Stadium? Azkals manager asks fans preferred Suzuki Cup semis venue

InterAksyon.com/Bernard Testa

InterAksyon.com/Bernard Testa

After the Philippine national men’s football team booked its third straight semifinals trip in the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup, Filipino fans are now eagerly anticipating the Azkals’ home match of the two-legged series.

But Azkals manager Dan Palami has one question: where should the team play?

The Rizal Memorial Football Stadium hosted the Azkals’ home match in the Suzuki Cup semifinals in 2012 when they battled eventual champion Singapore to a nil-nil draw. It was the team’s first time in the tournament to play in front of home fans after being denied in 2010 due to lack of a suitable venue.

The Rizal Stadium has undergone renovations over the years, and now sports an artificial pitch — an improvement from its natural grass field which drew flak for not always being in top condition.

The Philippine Sports Stadium is the newly constructed multi-purpose stadium owned by Iglesia Ni Cristo in Bulacan. It sits beside the sprawling Philippine Arena, and could sit up to 25,000 spectators.

The INC-built stadium hasn’t hosted a big match, and is reportedly still not yet 100 percent finished.

The Azkals won over Indonesia, 4-nil, on Tuesday to make it to the two-legged Suzuki Cup semifinals slated in December.

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