SINGAPORE: The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) will decide on Wednesday (Oct 15) if the 2014 Suzuki Cup Group B matches will go ahead at the National Stadium here as planned.
With the tournament kicking off in six weeks’ time, the condition of the pitch at the ultra-modern 55,000-seater stadium remains a main concern, with Brazil coach Dunga saying ahead of the friendly against Japan last night that the pitch is mostly “sand and not grass”.
The AFF’s competitions committee met in Singapore on Tuesday and though a decision is said to have been reached, the AFF has decided to delay its announcement until they have heard the Sports Hub’s view on the matter.
AFF secretary-general Azzuddin Ahmad, who is in town with a delegation from the AFF to watch the friendly, told TODAY: “We will make our final decision tomorrow after another visit to the stadium. We want to hear from the stadium authorities on their plans to tackle the issue of the pitch. Also, we want to hear from the Japanese and Brazilian players on the state of the pitch, and then we will make a final decision.”
In a statement issued after last night’s match, Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin said: “Singapore has been confirmed as co-host of the AFF Suzuki Cup since April 4, 2013. Knowing what they now know, we expect that our partners at Sports Hub will do everything necessary to ensure that the pitch and the National Stadium would meet the AFF’s requirements and standards for the Suzuki Cup.”