The Ceres-La Salle Football Club will face the Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club of Bangladesh for their final match in the Group E Qualifier of the AFC Cup on May 10 as scheduled at the Panaad Stadium.
Set to start at 7 p.m., the match will push through despite an appeal from Ceres to the AFC to reschedule to match since it will be the day after the national elections.
Ceres team owner Leo Rey Yanson told the RMN DYHB that they sent a letter to the AFC about their request but they have not received any reply yet.
As of yesterday, the May 10 schedule of the match posted at the AFC website remains unchanged.
With the police force of Bacolod City expected to be render service during and the day after the May 9 polls, security issues were raised but Yanson said it will not be a problem as private security personnel can always be tapped to secure the Stadium and the members of both teams.
Meanwhile, Ceres head coach Franklin Muescan once again called on the Negrense community to support the Ceres-La Salle FC during its last match in the Group Stage of the AFC Cup Qualifier.
Muescan said that the 0-0 draw against host Selangor FA of Malaysia last week allowed Ceres to advance into the next round and the home game against Sheik Jamal Club on May 10 will be an exciting match.
“Whatever happens, we are now into the next round and we are all excited as it will be our last match in the Group Stage and it is a home game,” Muescan added.
As part of their preparation for the match against the visiting team from Bangladesh, the local organizing committee, spearheaded by the Negros Occidental Football Association is once again convening its members.
Warren Concepcion of the LOC said that the members of the committee had shown excellent output in the recent match against Tampines Rovers at the Panaad and they are once again expected to render the same work ethics during the game against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi.*NAB
Visayan Daily Star