Simone Rota is known to be one of the toughest defenders to ever play for the Philippines. So when he acknowledges his clubs upcoming game as a tough challenge, everyone should take heed. His club Ceres-Negros FC will face Tampines Rovers in a do-or-die match away in Singapore.
“Sure, it will be very hard,” said the veteran player on match against the S.League squad. “Because in our group, every team can pass to the next round. So everybody has to win. We have to play smart, play very strong, and defend strong against Tampines,” Rota added.
The muti-positional defensive player has fully recovered from his ACL operation from last year and is keen to play his first game for his new club. When asked on what is expected from him when is name is called, “(I will give) everything, like before for Stallion. I mean, I am 100 percent fit but you know its a long time that since I played. So maybe my 100 percent may be 20 percent. But i am positive.”
The Bacolod squad needs a win to book its place inthe AFC Cup ASEAN Zone semifinals. Anything less than a win is elimination. With the difficulty of an away game at hand, Rota has faith in their ability to progress. “I believe that we can pass the group. It depends on us. We are a strong team and we showed that we can do that, so everything depends on us.”
The Tampines-Ceres match will be played on May 3 in the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore with the live telecast shown in Fox Sports 3.