Weary Ceres up against bigger odds

first_imgDUSHANBE, Tajikistan—Ceres-Negros traveled 27 hours to reach this dusty, mountainous Central Asian city.Set to face Tajik champions FC Istiklol in the inter-zone semifinals of the AFC Cup here on Tuesday, the Busmen would like nothing more than making this journey worth the trip.ADVERTISEMENT Playing on enemy ground has been a struggle for the Busmen in the competition and with travel-weary legs, the odds will be stacked against them at Pamir Stadium.But midfielder Manny Ott, who was part of the national team that beat Tajikistan, 4-3, in Asian Cup qualifying last June, said it’s about time the Busmen shook off fatigue and finally play to their potential away from home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Busmen hold a strong home record, going unbeaten in five matches at home in the AFC Cup, including wins in the knockout stages against Johor Dairul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.And while the Busmen can bank on the crowd at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to energize them in the second leg on Sept. 12, Ott said they’re determined to take care of business when they travel. Pugs go 3-0; Archer averts PH shutout Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “We need results away so we can be more comfortable at home,” said Ott. “We cannot rely on our results at home all the time.”The Tajik champions carry a big reputation in the competition, after reaching the finals in 2015, losing to JDT.The Busmen looked sharp as they underwent light training on Saturday.“The travel is too long, too much,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “Nevertheless, we’re here to make a milestone for Philippine football. There’s nothing else on our minds except this game [on Tuesday]. We can take a big step with a result here.”ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo PLAY LIST 02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more