By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.
The Bacolod-based Ceres-La Salle FC, champion of the 2013 PFF-Smart Club National Championship, will play as one of the hosts in the upcoming AFC President’s Cup 2014 Group Stage this May 1-11.
This was confirmed through a communication furnished by Negros Occidental Football Association general-secretary Paulline Javelona.
In the said communication, among other clubs hosting the Group Stage are the Erchim FC of Mongolia and the Sri Lanka Air Force SC of Sri Lanka.
Official draw for this tournament will be held on March 28 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Eleven (11) clubs will participate in the AFC President’s Cup 2014 Group Stage. They will be divided into two groups of four clubs each and one group of three clubs.
These clubs are the Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited (Bangladesh), Ugyen Academy FC (Bhutan), Svayrieng FC (Cambodia), Tatung Company (Chinese Taipei), Rimyongsu Club (DPR Korea), Manang Marshyangdi Club (Nepal), KRL Football Club (Pakistan), FC HTTU (Turkmenistan), and hosts Erchim FC (Mongolia), Sri Lanka Air Force SC (Sri Lanka) and Ceres-La Salle FC, representing the Philippines.
MODE OF COMPETITION
The 11 clubs shall be divided into two groups of four clubs each and one group of three clubs. Each group shall play a one-round league, where each club in the group shall play one match against every other club.
The top two clubs in each group will qualify to the “final stage” and will be grouped in two with three clubs each playing in one centralized venue on September 22-28, 2014.
The winner of each group will advance to play the final./