February 13, 2018
[caption id="attachment_136279" align="aligncenter" width="1030"] (From left) Boeung Ket FC player Maycon Calijuri and coach Keo Kosal, and Ceres Negros FC coach Risto Vidakovic and player Omid Nazari have their photo taken during a news conference in a hotel in Bacolod City on Monday, Feb. 12. The two teams will face off in an AFC Cup group match at the Panaad Park and Stadium tonight. ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN[/caption]
WEEKS after ending its campaign in the AFC Champions League, Ceres Negros FC is turning its attention to the AFC Cup, where it will open its campaign against Boeung Ket FC of Cambodia tonight at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
Ceres Negros head coach Risto Vidakovic said they have not faced the Cambodian squad in any competition before.
“We could not relax against them since this is an important match,” said Vidakovic. “We were able to play against some of the best in Asia’s top clubs, and that helped us a lot.”
Bienvenido Marañon, Patrick Reichelt, Martin Steuble, Louie Casas, Omid Nazari, Kevin Ingreso, Manuel Ott, OJ Porteria, Stephan Schröck, Manuel Herrera, Carli de Murga, Jim Junior Muñoz, and Jeffrey Christiaens will lead the Negros Occidental club.
Also in the reigning Philippine Football League champion are Eduard Sacapaño, Nessi Ramos, Joshua Dutosme, Arnie Pasinabo, Toni Doblas, Mike Ott, Sean Patrick Kane, and Takumi Uesato.
The opposing squad features Khuon Laboravy, Sou Yaty, the Japanese midfielder Hikaru Mizuno, the Nigerians Julius Oiboh and Gbenga Ajayi, and the Brazilian Maycon.
“We’ve had more time to prepare and get in shape, and we can’t wait to show everyone how much we’ve improved,” said Ceres Negros team manager James Dinsay.
“And, of course, we’re looking forward to playing in Panaad in front of our home fans once again,” Dinsay said./PN