After historic unbeaten run, Ceres chief praises rival clubs for keeping league alive

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Goals from OJ Porteria, Bienve Maranon and James Younghusband against Kaya ensured that Ceres finished the season with 22 victories and two draws. Stephan Schrock was also awarded the Golden Ball as the top player of the league.The victory meant Ceres will once again represent the Philippines in the AFC Champions League preliminary phase early next year.PFF president Nonong Araneta said the league would be getting fresh funding from new sponsor Qatar Airways starting with the Copa Paulino Alcantara late this month.“I’m glad that a global brand has shown its trust and support in the league,” said Araneta.ADVERTISEMENT Ceres Negros FC completed a historic unbeaten season in the Philippines Football League last Saturday night after blanking fierce rival Kaya Iloilo, 3-0, but club owner Leo Rey Yanson believes other teams in the league deserve as much as credit for keeping the competition alive amid difficult times.The Busmen collected their third PFL trophy at Aboitiz pitch in Lipa City, but their march to the crown came amid adversity following the departures of key players in the middle of the season.ADVERTISEMENT The PFL itself also faced issues as its kickoff was delayed by a few months this year after a new league operator was unable to comply with requirements in running the competition.Through it all, seven clubs soldiered on to keep the competition going with Ceres, Kaya Iloilo, Stallion Laguna and Global Cebu staying in the league despite budget constraints. Green Archers, Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force were all given provisionary licenses by the Philippine Football Federation to see action in the PFL.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“This has not been an easy season for everyone even at Ceres,” said Yanson, whose club’s existence was dragged into the corporate war pitting him and his siblings for control of the country’s largest bus company.“We’ve had the honor of representing the PFL in past AFC competitions and without the clubs and the competition, this would not be possible. Although we are opponents on the field, we are still partners in the growth of the league and Philippine football.” Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges PLAY LIST 01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Becoming his own man A matter of time DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more