PFL season still in limbo as Cavite stays under MECQ

A planned Oct. 27 PFL start might be shelved too as Cavite remains under MECQ until Halloween. PFL (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The PFL might remain in the waiting game on when it can finally push through with its new season as Carmona and the rest of Cavite have been kept under the modified enhanced community quarantine for the rest of October.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, also the spokesman for the Inter-Agency Task Force, announced on Wednesday that despite a remarkable improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the said province, it will still be under the second strictest quarantine protocols until Oct. 31.

This means the PFL might need to call off its planned Oct. 27 start to the 2021 season unless the league finds a new bubble host, particularly a town under the general community quarantine, just in time.

The league looks to stage another bubble with the PFF National Training Centre in the aforementioned town still the season's battleground.

The Games and Amusements Board is only allowing professional sports events to happen in GCQ or MGCQ areas or in the case of Metro Manila, in Alert Level 4 or lower towns.

Metro Manila, as also announced by Roque, will be placed under Alert Level 3 starting on Saturday, further loosening some restrictions in the said province.

This could make the metropolis another option for the PFL to hold its matches.

Philippine Football Federation secretary-general Ed Gastanes said last week that the national sports association “is committed to having the PFL 2021 season this year when conditions permit.”

However, the league set the Oct. 27 start to give the Azkals ample time to train for the AFF Suzuki Cup.

With Cavite still in MECQ, how the national team can get enough training ahead of the regional tournament remains to be seen.

Follow him on Twitter: @IvanSaldajeno