Busmen hope to chart return course toward AFC Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino SEA Games medalists receive cash incentives from PSC Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TAN (FILE)Its fairytale run in the AFC Cup may have ended last Tuesday, but Ceres-Negros is taking comfort at the fact that the country has created ripples in an event where Philippine clubs only started joining three years ago.The Busmen made history by becoming the first Asean zone champion of the competition, punching beyond their weight as they bested more established clubs in Vietnamese champion Hanoi FC, Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img View comments MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground But they were stopped in their tracks by Istiklol of Tajikistan in the inter-zone semifinals with a 1-1 draw last Tuesday at Panaad Stadium. Ceres was one of the last six teams from an initial roster of 52 from 29 countries.The 0-4 defeat in Dushanbe last month proved too tough to overcome for the Busmen, who came out with a more attack-minded approach in the second leg only to find Istiklol in solid form defensively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“When we started the season, we didn’t expect to get this far (in the competition),” said Ceres club chair Leo Rey Yanson. “We’re happy we made history and gave Philippine football the respect it deserves in the AFC Cup.”A return to the continental competition remains up in the air for the Busmen since only the Philippines Football League champion is assured of a spot in the tournament next year. A costly, catty dispute finally settledlast_img

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