Ceres shakes off travel woes for upcoming ACL qualifier

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BRISBANE, Australia – Ceres-Negros arrived in Brisbane Sunday morning ahead of Tuesday AFC Champions League Qualifier against A-League side Brisbane Roar.

Just a few days removed from their conquest in Myanmar, the team split into two groups and to took different flights to the land down under where they will attempt to make history and reach the third round of qualifying for the competition.

Ceres veteran Martin Steuble was one of the few players who took the longer trip via a Sydney en route to the Queensland capital.

“There’s no other way to get here but we’re happy that we made it. I think we are confident enough that we will have a good game,” said the Ceres midfielder.

Michael Casas was with the group who took the Darwin pit stop and Ceres keeper was thankful for arriving safe after a turbulent first leg of the trip.

“It was a long flight and our first was tiring because the plane was small and full so everyone cannot sleep. We flew for 4-5 hours and then we gladly transferred from Darwin to Brisbane. That’s where we slept for three hours,” said Casas.

With the team reunited in Brisbane, the proceeded to do receovery training early evening at a training ground beside the Rugby-specific Ballymore Stadium. The Negros shook off the long travel with a fruitful training session after the very long journey.

“It was light workout but it helped well in the recovery after a long day,” said Nessi Ramos. “It prepared us well for tomorrows high intensity training leading to Tuesday’s game,” he added.

The Busmen will take on the Roar on January 23rd at the QSAC stadium at the southern outskirts of the capital city. The match is set to kickoff at 730pm with updates to given via the Ceres-Negros Facebook and Twitter page.

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