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    Thanks to Fifa US$1M grant, football pitch to rise in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban

    Nov 12, 2014

    IT’S not all about glitz and glamour in the Asian Football Confederation Awards Night during the 60th anniversary celebration of the AFC in Manila this month.

    A day after the awards night on November 30 at the Makati Shangri-la, Fifa president Sepp Blatter is set to lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the Fifa Artificial Turf Project in typhoon-ravaged Leyte.

    [See Beckham, Zidane, Maradona, Pele? Big football names set to grace Manila AFC Awards night]

    A special grant from Fifa of US$1 million will fund the building of the football pitch in Barangay Abucay, Tacloban City, Leyte as well as the rehabilitation of football infrastructure and facilities destroyed by typhoon Yolanda.

    Artificial turf will be laid on the 105x68-meter pitch that will be the center of the Philippine Football Federation training center for the Leyte/Samar region.

    “We are excited to have another world-class pitch where we can also host international matches,” PFF president Nonong Araneta said.

    The Tacloban facility will have artificial grass just like the Rizal Memorial Stadium, which was converted into one earlier this year.

    PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said the pitch is expected to be completed in the middle of next year.

    Blatter and AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will proceed to Palo, Leyte for the inauguration and handover of the AFC Village, which is a donation of 27 houses to Yolanda victims in barangay Libertad.

    The village is part of the AFC corporate social responsibility project in cooperation with the PFF and Gawad Kalinga. 

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