Philippine champions Ceres-Negros FC are set to compete in the qualifiers of the AFC Champions League and the group stage of the AFC Cup in 2020.
The Busmen will start their AFC Champions League campaign when they host familiar foe in Shan United on January 14. Both squads have faced each other in the first stage of qualifying last 2018 where Ceres-Negros won over the Myanmar champions via penalty shootout.
Should they win the first round of qualifying, they will move on the week after to Bangkok where they will meet Thai FA Cup Champions Port FC. Japan’s FC Tokyo awaits in the Playoff round as the final qualifying match to the group stages.
The winner of the Playoff round will play six group matches with Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea, Shanghai Shenhua of China, and Perth Glory of Australia.
If Ceres-Negros fails to make it to the group stage of the AFC Champions League, they will continue their continental campaign in Group G of the AFC Cup where they will match up with Than Quang Ning of Vietnam and Indonesian champs in Bali United.
They will also be joined by the winners of the Playoff between Master 7 FC of Laos and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC of Cambodia.
Ceres-Negros reached the Zonal Semifinals of the 2019 edition of the AFC Cup where they fell to eventual champions Hanoi FC. The club set a new Philippine record with it’s third appearance of the club in the AFC Champions League and the sixth in the AFC Cup.