Fans of the Philippine National Men’s Football team, the Philippine Azkals, will have to wait a little longer before seeing the squad return to action due to the decision of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to postpone all their matches for the months of May and June.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) confirmed that the postponement affected the matches of the Azkals against China on June 4, and against Maldives on June 9.
The said games are part of the joint qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Qatar, and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup that will be hosted by China.
The postponement also affected the games of Filipino football clubs Kaya-Iloilo and Ceres-Negros in the group stages of the 2020 AFC Cup that were scheduled for the month of May.
Kaya Iloilo was supposed to face Tampines Rovers of Singapore on May 12, while Ceres-Negros was set to face Than Quang Ninh of Vietnam on May 13.
“AFC, which earlier postponed its matches and competitions scheduled for March and April 2020, will continue to coordinate and consult with Member Associations on all possible options for the continuation of all competitions in due course,” the PFF said in an advisory.
The federation also urged to observe best practices in combating the spread of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), cooperate with local and national authorities, and to remain safe and healthy during the on-going state of public health emergency in the Philippines