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No excuses for Risto after Ceres-Negros’ ACL run comes to a halt

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BACOLOD — For Ceres Negros boss Risto Vidakovic, there were no excuses after the Busmen’s AFC Champions League campaign came to a screeching halt Tuesday evening.

“This is not an excuse for the loss. I think we have underestimated the Yangon [team] and we lost.”

The reigning league champions were stunned by Myanmar’s Yangon United at the first hurdle in front of the packed Panaad in their maiden competitive fixture, way before the PPL kicks off in March.

“There’s no much difference. The only difference is that they have already more games, and our last game was in September,” the Serbian said, citing the gap in their build-up for this tie, with the visitors already started their domestic season last month.

The Busmen’s most recent match was their season ending defeat to the now-defunct Davao Aguilas to finish at the bottom of their Copa group last year, where Vidakovic was not on the touchlines due to the lengthy ban he served.

Vidakovic reiterated that it its way to early to assess the new signings Alvaro Silva and Miguel Tanton who started in their debut.

“We have many new players, and we need many games to still work harder and perform.”

His Yangon counterpart Mo Myin Tun, meanwhile, was pleased to get the win, crediting their early domestic league campaign as their edge against the hosts.

“Thank you for our players,” said the former Myanmar international. Aside from the stunning victory, Yangon was also able to extract some sort of payback against the side that booted them out of the ASEAN semifinal in the AFC Cup last year. (Kevin Estrada)