Bacolod-based Ceres La Salle FC’s head coach Ali Go is optimistic that the upcoming draw for the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup in Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will yield positive outcome for his team.
The club, who earned their ticket to the group stage of the continental club football tilt after winning last season’s United Football League (UFL) crown, will be one of the two squads that will represent the country in the competition.
Kaya FC, on the other hand, booked a trip to the qualification round of the tourney following their victory in the recent edition of the UFL Cup.
“Hopefully we get a favorable draw this coming AFC Cup draw in Malaysia on December 10th,” Go told The Manila Times in an interview.
A total of 32 teams under the AFC will compete in the group stages of the tilt.
“There are a few clubs we don’t want to draw with, if possible. Two teams from Hong Kong; Kitchee SC and South China AA, and North Korea’s April 25 Sports Club,” Go added.
However, Go stressed that he believes that training is still the key to their success emphasizing that they’ve already started training this month for the AFC Cup next year.
“The other teams, I think, we have a very good chance of beating. These three teams, I think, are the strongest but with good preparation, we can still beat them.”
Go said that playing friendly matches against international clubs is crucial for a better performance in the 2016 edition of the AFC Cup.
“I think we will be doing better this AFC Cup. The team will be more prepared and we have some additional players in the positions that we need to get better. Tune up games versus international teams ” he said.
In this year’s AFC Cup, Ceres La Salle FC was booted out of the qualification round after losing to Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of Maldives, 0-1.
Jaelle Nevin Reyes