Greetings, my fellow Negrosanons!
The year of 2016 witnessed our team, Ceres Negros Football Club, make history at home in the Panaad Park and Stadium as we played against football clubs from Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Singapore in the group stage of the AFC Cup. The positive results from the qualifying round, earned us a slot for the Round of 16, making us the first ever Filipino football club to do so. We were pitted against South China AA from Hong Kong, unfortunately, we lost 2-1 in a heartbreaking match that ended our journey for qualification to the next rounds.
The upset in the AFC Cup did not break the spirit of the team and their determination continued to gain back the momentum in relation to our participation in the invitational Singapore Cup which made us the first Filipino football club to win second runner up in the said tourney.
The clubs’ football season continued in the United Football League (UFL) in Manila, it has been an unpredictable representation for us. We looked forward to retaining the title we had two years ago but fortunately, hardship and injuries prevented us from pursuing our goals. We ranked second overall, which again gave us the privilege to bring back to our beloved province three upcoming international games. Come March 7 against Tampines Rovers or Geylang International from Singapore and a week after, which is on March 15, we are scheduled to play against Felda United from Malaysia. Lastly, on April 19, we will play versus TNT Hanoi or SHB Da Nang from Vietnam.
In anticipation of this years’ AFC Cup qualifying round, our club, Ceres Negros Football Club, has started their training and is 100 percent committed to rise up to the occasion and make our beloved province proud. I am grateful to each and every one for your all out support, and as we intensify our preparations, we will keep you updated thru our friends in the media, and official announcements.
Once again, thank you very much and I wish you all a blessed new year!
Mr. Leo Rey V. Yanson
Ceres Negros Football Club