Local football team owner offers buses to assist SEA Games teams

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 26) — A Bacolod-based professional football club has lent a hand to the government to help transport football teams competing in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Ceres-Negros FC owner Leo Rey Yanson, in coordination with the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), lent 17 buses to help bring around the national teams. PFF on Tuesday said they have already secured permits from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Over the weekend, football teams from Cambodia and Myanmar were faced with transportation issues. Cambodia football coach Felix Dalmas said their shuttle from the airport to the hotel was delayed for at least eight hours without any advise, while the national athletes from Myanmar were reportedly cramped in what seemed like a minibus.

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The football matches began on Monday ahead of the SEA Games’ opening ceremony on November 30. The 12-day event will formally close on December 11.