Philippine champions Ceres-Negros Football Club will commence their 2020 continental campaign on January 14 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
The recently refurbished venue for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Final will see the the Busmen will face Myanmar National League Champions Shan United in Preliminary Stage 1 of Asia’s richest club tournament.
The winner of the first stage will travel to Bangkok to face Thailand FA Cup Champions Port FC. A meeting with J. League’s FC Tokyo awaits in the final Playoff round where the winner earns a place in Group F.
The AFC Champions League is Asia’s most important club competition where thirty-two teams in the group stages will battle it out for the USD 4M top prize and a slot in the 2020 Club World Cup.
Ceres-Negros FC will participate in the AFC Champions League for the third straight year. They shocked the football world with a win against Brisbane Roar in 2017 before falling in the playoff round versus Tianjin Quanjian.
The competition returns to Manila in the fourth year that Philippine clubs have participated in the competition.