Ceres-Negros FC will restart their 2017 AFC Cup campaign at home against the S-League powerhouse Tampines Rovers and their coach, Risto Vidakovic, believes that vocal local support will get them over the line.
Ceres drew 1-1 with T&T Ha Noi in the AFC Cup on the road two weeks ago and took great confidence from that result.
Next up for them are group leaders Tampines, who were made to fight extremely hard for three points against Felda United in their opening fixture.
The Panaad Stadium will be the venue for Tuesday’s vital Group G match and Ceres boss Vidakovic has called upon the fans of The Busmen to get right behind the team and act as a 12th player on the pitch.
“I think for me Group G is very hard,” Vidakovic started.
“All four teams are very strong, Tampines is a former champion of Singapore, Hanoi FC is a champion, and Felda is a big team in Malaysia.
“So for me, it’s the hardest group maybe of the three.
“It will not be easy to win at home. I hope that with the help of the crowd and the special motivation that the players have to play at home is very important.
“A full stadium is very important, maybe it’s the key to win the game.
“The most important thing is to win, win the game, get three points, and have another game at home.
“We have to keep this team spirit we have and I think if we play as a team like we played in Hanoi I think we have bigger chance to win the game.”
The game will see the home debuts of foreign players Fernando Rodriguez, Manuel Herrera, and Kota Kawase.
Filipino locals Junior Muñoz, OJ Porteria, Jason de Jong, Jorrel Aristorenas, Joshua Grommen, Luke Woodland, and Ian Ramsey will also be running out at the Panaand Stadium for the first time.
The match kicks-off at 19:30 (HKT).