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Ceres-Negros, Kaya-Iloilo AFC Cup campaigns on hold due to coronavirus pandemic

The Asian Football Confederation has decided to suspend all of its competitions for the remainder of March until April due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

This includes the 2020 AFC Cup, which local clubs Ceres-Negros and Kaya-Iloilo are playing in.

The Philippine Football Federation made the announcement on Thursday.

“FIFA and AFC have earlier postponed the joint FIFA/Asian Cup qualification matches scheduled for March and June,” the statement read.

“After taking into consideration the health and safety of the Asian football community, and following requests from clubs competing in the AFC Cup, the federation also decided to postpone the group stage matches.”

Ceres-Negros has two games scheduled in April, versus Bali United on April 14 and against Phan Khan Reach Svay Rieng on April 29.

Kaya-FC, meanwhile, was supposed to face PSM Makassar on April 15 before taking on United FC on April 28.

The Busmen are on top of Group G’s table with 7 points while Kaya-FC sits at second in Group H with 5.

Also postponed was the opening of the 2020 season of the Philippine Football League. The fourth season of the league, backed by Qatar Airways, was supposed to open its curtains on March 21. It has been since moved to April 18.

“PFF continues to urge the general public, all football stakeholders, and fans to take all necessary health and safety precautions in combating the spread of COVID-19.”

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