MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals’ game against Kuwait on Thursday will push through despite the storm, according to the local organizing committee (LOC).
“Kahit may bagyo, kung playable naman ang field, tuloy pa rin ang game,” said Cathy Revilla of the LOC.
This is unless the referees decide to stop the match.
“It’s only the referee who can stop the game,” Revilla said.
“Kung may lightning at malayo, tuloy (ang game). Pero kung malapit na yung lightning, ihihinto yun usually,” she added.
The LOC is also advising fans to bring raincoats to the game as no umbrellas will be allowed inside the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The LOC is also advising the public that the side of Adriatico directly fronting the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium and leading to Quirino Avenue and Vito Cruz will be closed from 8 a.m. -10 p.m. on July 27 and 28.
Meanwhile, the Azkals are already back on the field and preparing for the 2nd leg of the World Cup qualifier.
The Azkals are practicing despite heavy rains. Indeed, the players seem to prefer the rainy weather after spending the past few days in Kuwait, where the temperature reached over 40 degrees Celsius.
“We like it like this, it’s perfect,” said team captain Aly Borromeo about the rain.
With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News