Ceres FC Takes Hà Noi in AFC Cup Group G Opener Tonight

The road to glory kicks off tonight when the Negros Occidental-based Ceres Negros Football Club takes powerhouse Hà Noi side of Vietnam in the opening of 2017 AFC Cup Group G at the My Ðình National Stadium in Hanoi tonight.


Ceres Negros FC are hoping to pull off a good performance against Vietnam’s Hà Noi side tonight at the My Ðình National Stadium.*

Hà Noi, which was crowned champions of last year’s V. League 1, is expected to bank on its huge home crowd at the My Ðình National Stadium.

Club director Ali Rojas Go admitted that Hanoi is a very strong club and have been in the AFC competitions for a while, and likewise in AFC Champions League qualification oftentimes. “They have been for how many years been very consistent in the Vietnam league which is I think one of the strongest leagues in Southeast Asia. They’ve been second or champions for more than seven years so there very consistent and I think if we are coming in this game not prepared, I don’t think we’re going to get something,” said Go.

Go reiterated that their recent tune-ups had helped them a lot in building a strong side for this tournament, adding, that they’ve learned a lot from those matches and are doing the necessary modifications in the team. “During our tune-ups, some of our players are still adjusting with the Asian football style of play,” he added.

Aside from homegrown Vietnamese stars, Hà Noi will also have Filipino-Spanish defender Álvaro Silva Linares alongside Argentinean forward Gonzalo Marronkle, French striker Loris Arnaud and midfielder Moses Oloya from Uganda.

To watch is 6-foot Arnaud also suited up for the Paris Saint-Germain from 2015-2012 registering pair of goals in 12 appearances.

Joining Ceres FC and Hà Noi of Vietnam in Group G are Tampines Rovers of Singapore and Felda United of Malaysia.

Meanwhile, the local organizing committee is also working overtime to ensure the readiness of the host for the home matches on March 7, March 15 and April 19 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.*