another first for Philippine football after Ceres Negros FC was named as AFC Fair Play Awafrd for the 2017 AFC Cup.
This was confirmed through a letter from Lorenzo Fofi, AFC Competition Manager for Club Division Department, to Ceres FC Marketing Manager Ace Patrick Bright.
The recognition was rewarded to the Filipino club after collecting most fair play points during the AFC Cup tournament – an addition to the club’s achievement when they won the ASEAN Zone champion title and the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL) crown.
Last year, India’s Bengaluru FC was the AFC Fair Play awardee.
Meanwhile, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Gianni Infantino congratulated Ceres Negros FC after winning the PFL title.
In his letter to Philippine Football Federation President and FIFA Council Member Mariano Araneta, Infantino said that the title is the result of everyone’s determination – the players, the coach, the administration, the entire technical and medical staff as well as the fans.
On behalf of the entire football community, I would like to thank Ceres Negros FC and your association for helping spread the positive message of football.*