Philippine Club Ceres-Negros FC will host Hanoi FC on April 19 in the Panaad Stadium for Matchday 5 of the AFC Cup. The home squad will gun for a win in front of the home crowd with Hanoi aiming to get at least a point in their first match in Philippine soil.
Both squads met last February 21 at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi where they ended with a 1-1 stalemate. Hanoi has since racked up seven points with a draw against Felda United and two consecutive wins against Tampines Rovers. Ceres meanwhile has collected four points with a win over the Singaporean squad and a draw at home against Felda.
The Vietnamese club could seal the group with a win but Coach Chiu Dinh Hiem is wary of the capabilities of the home squad. Through an interpreter, the Hanoi Coach mentioned that Ceres is a good team and that his team will try their best to get a good result and at least one point from tomorrow’s match.
Hanoi FC’s Do Hung Dung was also present in the press conference and is looking forward to the match ahead. “All the players, after a long flight, arrived here and is still in good spirits and good performance. All the players will try all their best for tomorrow’s match with quality football and will try to get at least one point tomorrow, maximum a win for tomorrow,” said the midfielder.
Ceres Coach Risto Vidakovic still approaches the game with the same standard he sets for his team. “For me I have the same expectations for every match. So I expect from the players that they give a hundred percent in every game and that they compete at high level. After that the results for me is important. We have to win of course every game that’s why we play in football,” said the Ceres mentor.
Ceres midfielder Iain Ramsay also shares the same sentiment with the Coach. “For me as well, expectations for us is exactly what coach said is that were gonna give a hundred percent looking forward to the game. You know we drew last time against them away from home. It was a great result and now were playing in front of our home fans and we will give everything against Hanoi.”
The Busmen however are aware that only a win will determine their survival in the continental tournament. “For us there is only one result for us in the game. We have to win the game for us to move forward,” said Coach Vidakovic. “We dont have options, we cannot choose. As I said before I want to see my team fight or ninety minutes, running, playing, and trying to reach the result we need. For me that’s enough,” the Spanish mentor added.
Unlike the Felda match, Ceres will have the disposal of all of their players against Hanoi. A win will put them back in contention in a hotly contested group G. Festivities will start at 7PM with match to be shown live on Fox Sports 2 according to Lagardere Sports.
Photo from Ivan Gayares