WITH the home team of Ceres Negros FC looking forward to win all their remaining games in the 2017 AFC Cup Group G, Negros Occidental and Bacolod City leaders have sent their prayers for their successful campaign against the visiting Ha Noi FC of Vietnam on April 19 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
Ceres FC is currently at third spot with a win, pair of draws and a loss – identically tied with Felda United of Malaysia while, Ha Noi FC is on top of the group undefeated with 2 wins and pair of draws.
Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. said that he joins thousands of spectators in wishing Ceres Negros FC all the best for this much-awaited game. “May you compete with integrity and fairness as you continue to make us all proud of your triumphant victories in your previous games,” he said.
Meanwhile, Vice-Governor Eugenio ‘Bong’ Lacson stressed that “while we have a strong local team, we cannot underestimate the visiting team from Vietnam. Let us support the Ceres Negros FC by witnessing tomorrow’s game.”
Bacolod City Rep. Greg Gasataya wished all the best for Ceres FC. “Your remarkable achievements so far have already made you all as victors. I have no doubt that in your game against Vietnam you will give us even greater cause for pride,” he said.
“Your team’s well-deserved success even in the global sphere of competition has put the entire Negros Island Region in the limelight. We owe all the extraordinary attention and admiration given by our friends across countries to your team’s passion, dedication and sense of confidence. Your teamwork and solidarity as one team have hugely inspired us to continuously cheer and pray for you.”
Gasataya also appealed to all Bacolodnons and in the whole Negros Island to come and witness this historic match. “Let us all celebrate the triumph of our Ceres Negros Football Club and altogether defend the honor of our land,” he added.
For Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Ceres Negros Football Club has demonstrated a sporting spirit that inspires not only football fans but ordinary spectators. “Your valuable qualities of unity in action and purpose reveal a team spirit based not just on the will to win but on respect for each other and for the integrity of the game,” he said.*