After winning the recent Philippine Football Federation-Smart national Club Championship against Pasargad FC, 1-0, the Negros occidental based-squad Ceres is mulling joining the ongoing United Football League.
The ongoing tournament is now playing at Rizal Memorial football field with Ceres opponent Pasargad FC still battling defending champion Global FC.
Ali Go of Ceres FC was quoted in an interview by Manila-based sports writers on the plan of Ceres after capturing the PFF-Smart title. "Being a champion is really good for us, but we’ll strive better. Maybe you’ll see us someday in the UFL," he disclosed.
Bacolod-based Ceres FC completed its run to the finals as they scored a lone goal against Pasargad FC during the finals of the PFF-SMART Club Championship at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila last Saturday night.
Another dream come true for Ceres as they put Negros Occidental back on track of Philippine football.
From a scoreless first half, eventual Most Valuable Player and striker Byeong Jun Yoon scored the game’s lone goal in the 56th minute to lift Ceres to victory. That was his second goal since the squad entered in the Round of 16 and his fifth since the regional qualifying.
It’s a dream come true for the Ricky and Leo Rey Yanson-owned Ceres Football Club as it reached the finals of the 2013 PFF-Smart Club Championship. The Negros Occidental-based club will enter the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium tonight to beat Pasargad FC and become the national champion.
Boosted with the confidence built on their victories over the top clubs in the United Football League – Stallions FC (1-0), Global FC (1-0) and Kaya FC (3-1), this provincial club earned the respect from being an underdog to a powerhouse team.
Despite the short preparation, Ceres was able to establish a strong team nobody has expected. Getting the right players for the right positions were among the keys why this club parades in the finals.
Head Coach Freddie "Nene" Lazarito said Tuesday they will return to Manila Thursday (today) to have a series of practice before their semifinal showdown with Kaya Futbol Club on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in the PFF-Smart Cup at Rizal Memorial Football field.
Lazarito who supervises the practice of Ceres-NOFA players at University of St. La Salle pitch was attending the technical meeting of those joining the national PRISAA in Lingayen, Pangasinan who are leaving on February 6.
Lazarito said they are making their preparation for this tournament hoping to hurdle another game to advance to the final.
Victorious Ceres-NOFA against UFL defending champion Stallion, 1-0 last Sunday will face Global Football Club in the PFF-Smart National Club championship on January 19, Saturday at Rizal Memorial Stadium football field in Manila.
Global FC beats Nomads FC, 2-1 also last Sunday at Rizal Memorial Stadium Football field courtesy of Carli de Murga and Patrick Reichelt, both members of the national team.
Korean midfielder Kim Jong Mook saved the day for Ceres-NOFA to defeat United Football League champion Stallion in the 46th minute.
Head Coach Freddie "Nene" Lazarito will still bank on their latest win to inspire the team against powerhouse Global.
Ceres advanced to the Round of 16 after claiming the top spot in regional qualifying last year in San Carlos City, beating the Cebu Queen City United FC, 1-0, and Leyte FC, 10-0.
Visayas Leg leader Ceres-NOFA (Negros Occidental Football Association) will test its strength when they clash with 2012 UFL Cup defending champion Stallion Football Club of Iloilo at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium football field here on Sunday, January 13.
Coach Freddie "Nene" Lazarito, who also steered Ceres-La Salle in the conquest of Western Visayas Private Schools Athletic Association (WVPRISAA) in Roxas City, Capiz last December 29 said, it will be a big challenge for the team when they will face the defending champion after the draw lots for the Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart Football Club Championships.
The Negros Occidental Private School Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) represented by University of St. La Salle-Ceres Football team reclaimed the football crown from arch-rival Iloilo PRISAA, 2-1 in the 2012 Western Visayas Private Schools Athletic Association (WVPRISAA) football tournament at the Cornelio Villareal football pitch Saturday morning.
Iloilo PRISAA represented Western Visayas for two years, although the Negrenses were the defending champion, but failed to represent due to a boycott in 2011 and suspension last April this year when the national PRISAA was held in Cebu City which was on a high spirit after striker Mark Anthony Sumabong found his mark in the 6th minute connecting from the unguarded right plank.
This was followed by several attempts on both sides and more from Negros but failed to find their marks.
Dynamic Builders and Ceres renew their rivalry when they tangle in the 2011’s 1st and 3rd Conference by disputing the North Football League 2012 3rd Conference crown on Sunday at Ayala North football field in Talisay City.
Both split the titles, with Dynamic taking the 2011 1st and 2nd Conferences and was blanked by Ceres Football Club for the grand slam in the 3rd Conference. They also disputed the 2011 First conference title which Dynamic won, while Dynamic faces another team other than Ceres in the second conference.
But before the two face each other on Sunday, Trimaxi Agro and Silver Dragon will play for runner-up honors starting at 2:30pm.
Leaders of the mother workers’ union and the specific workers and employees’ union in one of the country’s biggest transport firms, Vallacar Transit which operates Ceres Bus company, and have now fielded more than a thousand buses in Mindanao, the Visayas and even in Luzon, have taken exception to negative reports aired by a rival union, itching to replace it during the certification election on Friday, November 29.
The Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers’ Union (PACIWU) chapter officers in the Vallacar Transit union and its officials debunked the claims of Vallacar Transit Employees’ Union-Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP-Mendoza wing), who claim the PACIWU-Vallacar Transit Union, Herrera wing, claimed it has not helped them, by ensuring they get the correct wages and benefits. There are so many issues they have raised against PACIWU during their press conference the other day, also at the Negros Press Club (NPC).
The Queen City of Cebu drew first blood to blank Baybay Leyte Football Club, 7-1 in their initial matchup yesterday afternoon in the Smart Club Championship-Visayas Regional elimination at the city’s football field.
The Queen City needed only another win against Ceres-NOFA at 9am on Sunday to advance to the second stage called the Round of 16 set on January 13, 2013 in still undisclosed venue.
Today, Saturday, Baybay Leyte FC will face Ceres FC Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) at 2pm, hoping to bounce back from its first loss. However, if they lose again, they will automatically eliminate and Ceres NOFA will be the second team to advance to the second stage.