PRE-MATCH PRESS MEET. Ceres-Negros head coach, Risto Vidakovich, and defender, Sean Kane, talk about the home team’s upcoming match against Vietnam’s Becamex Binh Duong at the Panaad Park and Stadium on Wednesday night, in a pre-match press conference in Bacolod City on Tuesday afternoon (May 14, 2019). Ceres-Negros, the 2017 ASEAN Zone champions, aims to regain the regional title this year after settling for a runner-up finish against Singapore’s Home United in 2018. (Photo by Nanette L. Guadalquiver)
BACOLOD CITY -- Ceres-Negros is poised to complete a six-game sweep of its Group G rivals in the 2019 AFC Cup as it takes on Vietnam’s Becamex Binh Duong at the Panaad Park and Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Philippines Football League champions currently has 15 points after winning all four home and away matches against Indonesia’s Persija Jakarta and Myanmar’s Shan United, and one away game against the Vietnamese squad.
Ceres-Negros head coach Risto Vidakovich said there is no longer pressure on the team in this last group match.
“I don’t like this kind of game because we need pressure,” he said.
Still, Vidakovich said he hopes the fans will come to watch them play offensive football and score goals.
Defender Sean Kane said Ceres-Negros wants to maintain its winning streak in the group stage before heading to the semifinals.
“Especially for me, getting 90 minutes during the match against Shan United is very important, it makes me more prepared for the game against Becamex,” he added.
Ceres-Negros, the 2017 ASEAN Zone champions, is aiming to regain the regional title this year after settling for a runner-up finish against Singapore’s Home United in 2018.
Meanwhile, another Filipino club, Kaya FC-Iloilo, lost the chance to progress to the knockout rounds after losing 0-2 to Home United in the Group H match on Tuesday. (PNA)