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Ceres-Negros starts AFC Cup bid vs.
Boeung Ket FC at Panaad today

The quest for the AFC Cup title starts today for Ceres-Negros FC as they take on Cambodia's Boeung Ket FC in Group F of the qualifiers at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.

Head coach Risto Vidakovic said the match tonight is very important and it will not be easy as they expect the visiting team from Cambodia to get out there and give them a good fight.

“Everyone in the AFC Cup will compete a hundred percent against you. I'm sure that Boeung Ket is here because they want also the same. They want to win the game, they will fight, and they will give everything on the field. If we don't give a hundred percent, it will not be easy. We have to be prepared for that,” Vidakovic said in the press conference yesterday.

“What we did before is forgotten already so it doesn't mean anything for us. All the respect we got from the Brisbane game, we'll play for it tomorrow. So this game, for me, is much more important than Brisbane, Tianjin, and all the games we played,” he added.

Anything can happen and Boeung Ket FC head coach Keo Kosal expects his players to give their best against the reigning AFC ASEAN Zone champions.

Going through the playoffs to secure their spot in the group stage, Kosal said the team is aware of their strengths and weaknesses and they came prepared for the match against Ceres.

Brazilian Maycon Silva, one of Boeung Ket's top scorers, echoed Kosal's sentiments adding that as Cambodia's champions they will do their best and fight for the top two spots in the group.

“If Ceres will get the top spot then we can settle for second. We will do our best to qualify for the next round,” Silva said. *NAB


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