Ceres-Negros FC heads for Myanmar this weekend for the Jan. 16 preliminaries of the 2018 AFC Champions League against Shan United of Myanmar hoping to get a good result despite not having enough time to train.
During a press conference yesterday, Ceres Head Coach RistoVidakovic said they will try to do their best and he expects from all the players to play together as a team.
Coming off from a long season, Vidakovic said there is not enough time to prepare for the Champions League but he believes in his players and he expects them to work hard and to be ready against Myanamar.
“Forget last year. Last season was good for everybody but our focus now is on the next season. We will give our best to get a similar result,” Vidakovic said.
The club also presented yesterday the five new players, who will strengthen the team's campaign in the AFC tournaments and help the squad keep the Philippines Football League title.
Joining Ceres-Negros FC lineup this year are former JPV Marikina players Sean Kane and Takumi Uesato, national campaigner and former Global Cebu starter Amani Aguinaldo, Fil-German Mike Ott, and Spanish goalkeeper Toni Doblas.
Aguinaldo said Ceres is the No. 1 team in the country right now and as a player, he wants to improve and to be with the best team.
“As a player you want to be better every day, every year, to reach greater heights in your career. To be with Ceres is a means to be with a great team,” Aguinaldo said.
Although he will not be able to play immediately for The Busmen as he is on recovery from an ACL injury, Aguinaldo said the whole Ceres family made him and the four other new players feel welcome right from the very start.
Mike Ott, younger brother of Ceres-Negros midfielder Manu, said his brother is a big influence in his football career and he wanted to play with him. Both players had been playing together in the national team, the Azkals, along with several members of Ceres.
Doblas, who will be fill the goalkeeping spot left behind by Roland Muller, said he likes what he heard about Ceres-Negros and he wants to be a part of the best team in the Philippines right now.
Kane, who also suited up for the Azkals, said he is familiar with the Ceres players and how they play. Since they only started training this week, he said he is still trying to get to know all his teammates.
Sato, one of the prolific scorers in the PFL last year, said he is happy to be with Ceres.
Meanwhile, team manager James Dinsay said 2018 is going to be an exciting year for Ceres-Negros FC and they are on a mission in defending their national title and be the best team in the Philippines and to shine brighter in Asian football stage.
“We brought in five new players to strengthen our squad and we will be working harder to bring the football title that the fans and the rest of Negros expect,” Dinsay said.*NAB
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