IN view of the current global restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFC Cup group stage matches where Philippine clubs Ceres-Negros FC and Kaya FC-Iloilo are participating in next month are postponed.
This is in light of the AFC's announcement to postpone all matches and competitions scheduled in the next two months until further notice, having taking in consideration the health and safety of the Asian football community.
"Following the imposition of further preventive measures and travel restrictions by several national governments due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided today to postpone all AFC Cup 2020 matches until further notice," the AFC said in a statement.
The Philippines is under the state of calamity, with Luzon, where AFC Cup matches are played at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, under the "enhanced community quarantine" which prohibits mass gatherings and observes a strict home quarantine.
Among the matches affected are the following are the Busmen's road sorties on April
14 against Indonesia's Bali United and on April 29 against Cambodia's Phan Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC.
Ceres-Negros FC has already finished its three home matches and will wrap up its Group G stint on the road.
Also put on hold are Kaya FC-Iloilo home matches at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on April
15 against Indonesia's PSM Makasaar and on April 28 against Myamar's Shan United FC.
The Busmen remain on top of the Group G table with seven points, while Kaya FC-Iloilo has five points in Group H to remain in contention for the pole position.
The AFC will closely monitor the situation before deciding when to resume the AFC Cup season.