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DGTE SUZUKI-VISAYAS LEG
5 teams competing
in qualifying rounds
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Negros Oriental Football Association will play host to the kick-off games of the “Under 23 Suzuki National Cup–Visayas Home and Away” qualifying rounds at the Filomeno Cimafranca Ballfield in Dumaguete City Sunday.

Five teams from the Visayas Football Association, the Iloilo FA, Negros Occidental FA, Leyte FA, Cebu FA, and Negros Oriental FA, will compete in a home-and-away format, sanctioned by the Asian Football Confederation and the Philippine Football Federation, Dick Emperado, NORFA president, said.

In this format, each of the provincial football associations will get to host a match. Games will be played on rotation, with the five football associations taking turns in playing host.

Host team NORFA will play against counterparts from Negros Occidental in the opening game Sunday, that will signal the start of the elimination round for the Visayas leg, while the Mindanao leg will reel off March 25, and the Luzon leg on April 1.

Emperado added that 33 provincial football associations are participating in the home-and-away qualifiers in the three legs for the title crown.*JFP

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