Ceres-La Salle coach Muescan: “We opened the doors for other clubs”
Santino Honasan on May 25, 2016 01:06 AM
“In the AFC, the level is very high, compared to our domestic league here, so exposure-wise, preparation-wise, it gives us more room to improve,” - Ceres coach Franklin Muescan
While Ceres-La Salle’s AFC Cup campaign is over and done with, the fact remains that the Bacolod-based football club and former UFL champions made Filipino football history.
What Global FC started in 2015, Ceres-La Salle (along with KAYA FC) continued.
Now, Ceres-La Salle has the distinction of being the first Filipino football club to ever advance to the AFC Cup’s Round of 16, and they are also the first team to finish at the top of their group.
For Ceres-La Salle coach Franklin Muescan, he believes that, while cut short, their AFC Cup experience has definitely given them a reason to keep getting better.
“In the AFC, the level is very high, compared to our domestic league here, so exposure-wise, preparation-wise, it gives us more room to improve,” Muescan told the media following their heartbreaking loss to South China AA.
Musecan added that their experience won’t only benefit them, but also the other Pinoy clubs out there.
“We also opened the door for other local clubs to really pursue their dream to become part of the AFC Cup.”
To date,only three Filipino clubs have made it onto the AFC Cup. Global FC did it back in 2015, and could be heading back to the AFC Cup in 2017.