The Philippines Football League announced that the PFL second season opening match between Ceres-Negros FC and Laguna Stallions, scheduled March 3 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, was moved to June 27.
This will give the Busmen some rest before they face Myanmar’s Shan United FC on Tuesday at the Panaad.
“Both clubs have agreed to the rescheduling of their opening match of the season with the club from Laguna as the requesting party, citing unavoidable concerns for the said match," the league said in a statement released yesterday.
The development means Negros will get an extra month of rest in its PFL campaign until April 4 when it hosts Iloilo.
Laguna's home game against Marikina at the Biñan Football Stadium will push through as scheduled on March 11.
Meanwhile, Marikina’s “Camp Big Falcon” will finally get to open on Saturday after the PFL gave JPV Marikina the go-signal to host the league’s second season opening match against Global Cebu at its listed home, the Marikina Sports Center.
The league announced the development following an inspection of the field on Tuesday.
With the venue still being fixed to become fit for PFL play, Marikina held its home games last year either at the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan, the home of the Laguna team, or the Rizal Memorial Stadium, the home of the defunct Manila side.
There were plans to hold the last three games of Marikina's campaign last year at home, but schedule conflicts forced the club to find another place to hold these matches.
The concerns about the availability of the Marikina Sports Center even led to the forfeiture of one Marikina home game that helped spoil its playoff bid last season.*
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