Ceres and Hanoi up for a scrap

In the build-up to the crucial AFC Cup match between Ceres-Negros FC and Hanoi FC on Wednesday, both parties have signalled their intent to give absolutely everything to the cause.

Group G in the AFC Cup is delicately poised. Hanoi lead with eight points while Ceres and Felda United occupy third and second respectively with five points each.

With just two rounds of fixtures remaining in the group stages of the AFC Cup, the implications of defeat for Ceres are clear.

However, despite this, their coach Risto Vidakovic is refusing to allow the enormity of the occasion to affect his players.

The Serbian coach insists that he expects his players to win every game they play in and to commit entirely every time they take the field.

“For me I have the same expectations for every match,” he started.

“So I expect from the players that they give a hundred per cent in every game and that they compete at high level.

“After that the results for me is important. We have to win of course every game that’s why we play in football.

“For us there is only one result for us in the game.

“We have to win the game for us to move forward. We don’t have options, we cannot choose.

“As I said before I want to see my team fight or ninety minutes, running, playing, and trying to reach the result we need. For me that’s enough.”

Similarly, Hanoi’s midfielder, Do Hung Dung, warned that the Vietnamese outfit were also up for the contest.

Interestingly enough, he suggested that they might park the bus as a draw was a good result for them.

“All the players, after a long flight, arrived here and is still in good spirits and good performance,” Dung said.

“All the players will try all their best for tomorrow’s match with quality football and will try to get at least one point tomorrow, maximum a win.”

With so much at stake, it promises to be a fascinating encounter.