Pinoy fighter Rene Catalan Rallies Behind Azkals After Falling Short in Asian Cup

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 19, 2019 10:37 AM
Rene Catalan Rallies Behind Azkals After Asian Cup Exit
"If we do not fall on our way to the top, we do not evolve. Azkals losing is still good experience. It's a mere reminder to work double time" - Rene Catalan

 

Rene "The Challenger" Catalan rallied behind the Philippine Men’s National Football Team following its humbling experience in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

 

The Azkals made history by qualifying to the prestigious tournament for the first time, though they crashed out of the tournament after losing to South Korea 1-0, China by 3-0, and to Kyrgyzstan by 3-1, all Asian powerhouses.

 

For someone who started his ONE Championship career with two losses before eventually emerging as a top contender in the talent-rich strawweight division, Catalan definitely knows what he’s talking about.

 

"If we do not fall on our way to the top, we do not evolve. Azkals losing is still good experience. It's a mere reminder to work double time,” said Catalan, who is currently on a five-bout winning run.

 

"If you have a goal and determined to reach this goal, then we should treat each defeat as a learning process. Make the losses a stepping stone."

 

The head coach of the Catalan Fighting System even used ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang as his prime example.

 

Folayang also suffered bad losses in his career, but he persevered, making him the champion that he is now.

 

"Our ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang had to fail over and over before he  became a champion. The experience, pain and blood he had to go through, had to happen before they became a titleholder," the 40-year-old said.

 

Knowing the expectations of Filipino fans, Catalan asked them to be more patient as the Azkals continue to get accustomed to this level of Football in Asia.

 

"People who bully and throw negative words don't understand the hardships an athlete has to go through. Athletes should also take it as a challenge to prove critics wrong.”

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