Ceres-Negros FC started its quest for the ASEAN Zonal Finals slot in the 2019 AFC Cup in a bleak one after earning a 1-1 draw against visiting Hanoi FC in the first leg of the Zonal Semifinals held at Panaad Stadium, Bacolod City last June 17th.
Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon fired the Busmen lone goal in the match in the 57th minute with the a cross from Stephan Schrock made it possible for the former to penetrate the net of the visiting team.
Maranon scored his 10th goal for the tournament, courtesy of the 57th minute goal which put Ceres-Negros, 1-0 for the 10 minutes.
Pape Omar Faye answered back for the visiting team with a goal in the 67th minute to tie things at 1-1.Since then both clubs unable to score.
“I’m happy with the goal, but not satisfied with the result,” said Maranon via Inquirer.net on the result of the match.
Ceres-Negros needs to win the second leg of the Zonal Semifinals which will be held on June 25th at Hang Day Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam to advance in the Zonal Finals.
“I think the game is still very open,” Ceres-Negros head coach Risto Vidakovic quoted in the same Inquirer.net article as the Serbian mentor is trying to stick into positive . “But we have to fight until the very end to get a result in Hanoi.”
Ceres-Negros midfielder Stephan Schrock is now urgent to get things done in Hanoi, quoted in another article of Inquirer.net. “We can’t concede in Vietnam but we know we have to score there.”
“Hanoi may be getting some confidence scoring the away goal, but like I said, we can score anytime and we will score there. We have a good cohesion within the team and I believe in our strengths,’’ The Philippine Azkals veteran added.
UAAP Rookie of the Year Shaden Vergara leaves La Salle
De La Salle University will heading to the UAAP Season 82 men’s football tournament without the reigning Rookie of the Year Shaden Vergara, which accept a scholarship offer from Snow College in the United States.
“The offer was made through the Football for Humanity President, Chris Thomas, and his international partnerships with a top caliber recruitment organization called Sports Recruiting USA based in the United Kingdom, not far from Manchester, England,’’ said Vergara via Tiebreaker Times, which first broke the news.
‘’My family has known Chris since 2015, and my father is also very good friends with him. Both my father and I have also done volunteer work with Football for Humanity,” Vergara added.
Vergara scored six goals for the Green Archers in what could be his lone UAAP season and one of the vital cogs for the Taft-based school to return in the men’s football finals for the first time since 1997.
“I see it as a stepping stone to bigger and greater things in the world of education and football’’ Vergara quipped as he furthered elaborate in choosing Snow College, an institution based Ephraim, Utah, USA because of quality of education, serene campus and chance to be play under Nuno Gourgel, which had stops with Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur and Portugal youth team in his heydays.
“Furthermore, the opportunity to play in the Major League Soccer is not just a distant dream, but becoming more of a reality. And not only that, through good connections and opportunities, this dream expands across Europe and the UK.”
De La Salle head coach Alvin Ocampo is happy on the next opportunity his former ward will explore, quoted in the same Tiebreaker Times article. ‘’ Opportunities like this seldom come. (I am) happy for him and DLSU fully supports his decision.”
‘’Good luck to him and DLSU will always be his home,” Ocampo closed.