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KUALA LUMPUR – Ceres-Negros hopes to be on-target this time as it battles Felda United anew in the resumption of the AFC Cup today at the Shah Alam Stadium located a few minutes away from this Malaysian capital.
The Busmen are eager to atone for being held to a scoreless draw by Felda in Bacolod City last month and solidify their hold of the top spot in Group F in their 4:45 p.m. set at the cavernous 80,000-seat stadium.
Ceres is leveled on points with Vietnamese squad Hanoi with five points apiece but holds the group lead on goal difference.
Iain Ramsay believes Ceres can find the back of the net this time after missing several chances in their previous match that nearly ended with a loss had not for goalkeeper Roland Muller’s save off a penalty past the hour mark.
“We’re still jelling as a team, but you’ve seen in our performance against the Singapore side we can finish for sure,” said Ramsay, referring to Ceres’ 5-0 thrashing of Tampines Rovers earlier last month in Bacolod.
“That game against Felda was one of those games when we had our chances but we just couldn’t capitalize, so we know what to expect now. We’re confident that we can do the job,” he added.
Ceres will play minus midfielder Manny Ott, who will serve a one-match suspension for accumulating two yellow cards, and could miss Kevin Ingreso after sustaining a hamstring injury before the Philippine Azkals’ Asian Cup qualifiers match against Nepal. (Jonas Terrado)