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Padernal rues delayed JPV return to Marikina

We may have to wait a little longer before seeing this atmosphere again at "Camp Big Falcon". Ivan Saldajeno (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Many football fans from Marikina expressed their delight when JPV Marikina announced that it will play its next two home games at the Marikina Sports Center.

However, due to the grass field of the said venue being groomed following the Pride March that took place there the previous week, Marikina was coerced to move its game against Davao on Saturday elsewhere, with the PFF National Training Center in Carmona eventually opening its door at the 11th hour. The match ended with a 3-3 draw.

Then, Marikina was deprived of another chance to return to its "Camp Big Falcon" when Cebu decided to beg off from playing their scheduled match on Wednesday.

While the Marikina-Cebu match cancellation was understandable due to the latter's current state, Coach Dan Padernal still could not help but wonder, "Now [that] it's a better field than that time (first meeting against Cebu), I don't know the idea why we weren't playing there."

He then insisted, "As much as possible, we must help Filipino football here, not just seeking the view of those papers and the guidelines but we must see the big picture that the big help for the audience to be in Marikina is to play at Marikina and then those people from Marikina can see a game and then the support is there. Sponsors are coming and [we] hope that they would understand the kind of support they give, so we need their help also."

He then concluded, "Ayaw nating mamatay ang football sa Pilipinas, so kailangan nating mag-tulungan dito."

Marikina will not play a home game until July 22, when it locks horns again with Davao.

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