The Selangor FA team from Malaysia arrived in Bacolod City last night ready to face home team Ceres – La Salle FC in the 2016 AFC Cup Group E Qualifiers at the Panaad Stadium tomorrow.
Fresh from a 2-0 win back home against AirAsia, their third victory in the Malaysian Super League, the Selangor Red Giants are ready for the 7 p.m. battle tomorrow against the Ceres – La Salle FC.
Equally prepared to defend their home turf are the members of the Ceres team, who are coming off a morale-boosting three straight wins in the UFL that produced 26 goals.
In an interview over the RMN radio station Saturday, Ceres head coach Ali Go said they have been preparing continuously for the AFC Cup Qualifiers for almost a month now.
While the 15-0 drubbing of the Nomads and the 9-0 rout of Pasagard seemingly give Ceres FC some mantle of formidability, coach Go said the parameter of the team's readiness were their 2-1 win against Loyola in the UFL and the tune up games in Singapore early this month.
“The cohesion that was missing before when we played in Singapore is now there in the way our players pass the ball. The combination is getting better and better,” Go said.
Despite the home advantage, he said they are not taking things for granted against Selangor.
With their new coach Zainal Abidin Hassan, Go said the team has changed from a counter attack squad and long ball system to a possession-based team.
“I heard a lot about their coach and he is very good one…also a legend in Malaysia,” he said of the new coach for the Red Giants.
In the remaining days prior to tomorrow's match, Go said their focus is on how to defend as a group and move as a team together.
“We are known as an attacking team and we are working on our transition from attack to defending,” coach Go said. *NAB