Ceres-Negros will face familiar opponent Yangon United FC when the two squads face off tonight in the knockout match of the AFC Champions League Preliminaries at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
Kickoff is scheduled at 7 p.m.
The Busmen and the visiting Lions from Myanmar met for the first time last year in the semi-finals of the ASEAN Zone of the AFC Cup, where Ceres prevailed 6.5 in aggregate over two legs.
“Ceres is a strong team but we will do our best to get a good result,” Yangon United Head Coach Myo Min Tun said during the pre-match press conference yesterday.
“Our team has improved and Ceres, despite having new players remain a very good team,” he added.
Coming off a four-win streak in the Myanmar National League, The Lions will test the new lineup of Ceres in front of the homecrowd at the Panaad tonight.
Facing Yangon United in their first match this season is a new experience for the team, Ceres Head Coach Risto Vidakovic said but he assured the Negrense fans that the Busmen are up for the task.
“Their advantage is that they have played several games in their league and this is our first official game this year. But we have players who know them and how they play,” Vidakovic said.
“As always, we will give our one hundred present and hope that everything will be well,” the Ceres’ mentor added.
Yangon has maintained it core of foreign players in the likes of Seykou Sylla, Kosuke Yamazaki, but has added Brazilian Miller to compliment with Maug Maung Lwin.
Ceres, meanwhile, has retained its core of imports of Bienvenido Marañon and Super Herrera and strengthened its local players with the arrival of Angelo Marasigan, Dylan De Bruycker, and Dennis Villanueva.
The match will be seen live in the Philippines via the 5PLUS Channel (formerly Aksyon TV) which can be found on Free TV Ch. 41, Cignal Ch. 15, Sky Ch. 59, and TV Plus Ch. 30). The match will also be streamed live at the ESPN5.com.*NAB
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