In preparation for a challenging 2017 AFC Cup campaign, Ceres-Negros FC has recently announced their new players last January 17, 2017 in Bacolod City.
The new signings were a mix of national team veterans and new foreign players to beef up this years campaign. Local signings included veterans in Simone Rota, Jason de Jong, and OJ Porteria with Azkals greenhorn Jim Junior Muñoz and U23 standout Joshua Grommen. Ace goalkeeper Roland Müller was finally presented after six months while Iain Ramsay is still in Australia after signing from the night before.
New faces abound for Ceres with Japanese defender Kota Kawase and Spanish players in defender Manuel Lopez and striker Fernando Ortega. Kawase came from Wollongong Wolves in Australia’s Second division while Lopez and Ortega came from Caudal Deportivo and FC Cartagena which are both in Spain’s Segunda Division B.
Ceres-Negros had a tune-up later in the afternoon with the pro squad beating collegiate squad Ceres-La Salle 5-0. The Bacolod squad will open their AFC Cup campaign in Singapore on February 21st against Tampines Rovers or Geylang International FC.
Photos from Roy Sabay and Stephen Tan