The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has formally accepted the offer of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) to host the “home” game of the Philippines against Indonesia in the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals on December 16 in the Vietnamese seaport city of Ho Chi Minh.
“We have notified the Asean Football Federation (AFF) that the Philippines has accepted the offer of the Vietnam Football Federation as the venue of our ‘home’ game against Indonesia,” PFF president Mariano Araneta announced Friday.
“We also notified the VFF beforehand that we are graciously accepting its offer to host this match at a neutral venue,” said Araneta, who added that the federation was now awaiting the AFF’s reply as of press time.
“They (the AFF) is now taking up the issue even as we speak,” he said.
Araneta said that the decision to agree to Ho Chi Minh as the “home” venue was done in consultation with national men’s team manager Dan Palami, who announced the offer Wednesday night at a press briefing shortly after the squad arrived from the airport Thursday.