FOLLOWING the huge 9-0 blast against Cambodian champions Boeung Ket FC last Tuesday, the Ceres Negros FC now turned focus against Singapore’s Home United – which they will face next week at the latter’s turf.
Both faced each other last year in the 2-legged AFC Cup Zonal Finals where Home United edged the Philippine side, 2-1 in Leg 1 at Jalan Besar Stadium but, Ceres FC snatched the spotlight in Leg 2 with a 2-0 scoreline at Panaad Park and Stadium.
For Ceres FC coach Risto Vidakovic, the upcoming match against Home United will be tough. “It’s not an easy game. We have to prepare well. We will go there and fight. It may not always favor us but, we have to play our best,” he said.
Talking about their huge win against Boeung Jet, Vidakovic said that they never expected the result. “I’m OK with a 5-0 but, the 9-0 result was a huge surprise. And, I’m proud with my players’ performance. But, then again we have to keep going. This is just the beginning,” he added.
For Ceres FC veteran midfielder Stephan Schrock, the team wanted to win and take the 3 points in Singapore. “We’re no longer the underdogs in this tournament. Everybody is looking up at us so we have to prepare well like we always do,” he said.
Meanwhile, describing their last performance against the Cambodian side, Schrock said that his team had an outstanding performance putting on a show for the home crowd of 2,500 plus who braved the non-stop raining due to Tropical Storm ‘Baysang’ – which the province was under Signal No.1.
Ceres FC team manager James Dinsay stressed that they will approach their game in Singapore like any other game. “We will prepare like we always do. We just came from a historic win, and of course we are looking to carry that momentum against Home United,” he said. “But, we know they are a strong team, and we will be in for a tough challenge, we have to remember that every game in the group stage is very important. So we will continue to practice hard, improve our conditioning and work on our tactics. We will be ready, and we are excited to play them in front of our Filipino supporters in Singapore,” he added.
Ceres Negros FC, which is now in Manila to undergo rigid preparation, will leave on February 25 for Singapore.*