Ceres Negros FC will be flying out of the country this afternoon for tomorrow's match against Tianjin Quanjian of China in the playoffs of the AFC Champions League.
With their visa, hopefully released on time today, the team is expected to travel overnight and arrive in Tianjin(via Hongkong) around 3 a.m. tomorrow. The match against Tianjin Quanjianis scheduled at 3:30 in the afternoon.
With a partly sunny and chilly weather forecastand a temperature of 1°C in Tianjin, The Busmen will be playing in freezing condition at Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Tianjin against the home team.
“We spent the weekend buying scarves, jackets, gloves among others for the team in preparation for the game. The management remains very supportive and we are praying for best result,” Ceres Negros FC administrator Nicolas Golez told the DAILY STAR.
He said the issue over the late issuance of the visa is not within their control and they are just grateful that several people have come forward to assure them that their travel documents will be released today.
Golez said they arrived from Brisbane Thursday night last week and applied for visa for China the next day. Thinking that everything will go smoothly, he said they expected to leave for China Sunday night.
“We were told that the soonest we can have the visa is Monday. That leaves the team zero time to adjust to the weather and to get some practice in Tianjin,” Golez said.
The Philippine Football Federation is trying to help Ceres secure at least a day of rest by writing a request to the AFC to reset the schedule, Golez said.
“We will know today if they (AFC) will consider our request,” Golez said.
Ceres Negros advanced to the playoffs of the AFC Champions League after a historic run in the preliminaries against Shan United of Myanmar and Brisbane Roar of Australia. *NAB
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