It’s highest honor a Filipino club has ever accomplished in this tournament.
Following their recent first runner-up finish in the United Football League to clinch another playoff ticket in the Asian Football Confederation Cup next year, the Bacolod City-based Ceres-La Salle FC continue to write history in the Asian football map when they captured the 2nd runner-up honor 2016 RHB Singapore Cup held over the weekend at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
The Philippine side outsmarted Balestier Khalsa, 2-1 with an epic second half comeback on goals from Manuel Ott in the 64th minutes and Stephan Schrock 5 minutes later while, Khalsa enjoyed the first half advantage with the early 4thminute goal from Niko Tokic.
According to the club management, Ceres FC 2nd runner-up finish is the highest honor a Filipino club has ever accomplished in a Singaporean tournament.
It was recalled that Ceres FC fought hard to keep the Philippine flag waiving over Jalan Besar Stadium but, eventually lost to Singapore’s Tampines Rovers in the 2-leg semis on goal aggregates after the extra time.
Meanwhile, Albirex Niigata of Japan defended their title on a 2-nil win over Rovers.*