CERES Negros ventures into uncharted territory as it takes on Istiklol FC in the first leg of the AFC Cup Inter Zone Playoffs on Tuesday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The Busmen are coming off an emotional tie in the Zonal finals against Home United where they overcame a 1-2 result in Singapore by blanking the Defenders, 2-0, in Panaad.
Ceres is the first Philippine club to be crowned Asean champions.
But head Risto Vidakovic isn't satisfied at all.
"This is the first time maybe that one Filipino club reached this part of the competition. So it’s something historical what we did until now," said Vidakovic in the pre-match press conference.
"I think we cannot stop now so we have to keep going. we have to compete and if we reach the semifinals then I think it’s a big deal for us," he added.
Vidakovic says that he has witnessed how this club plays, but can't seem to size them up considering the limited exposure of their domestic league.
"We expect always tough games. We saw a lot of games from Istiklol but it’s not easy to know actually how strong they are because we dont know how strong is the league," he continued.
"But if they reach this part of competition I suppose that they are very strong. So we will do our best we try to play better than we can. We will try to reach a better result tomorrow."
The Philippine side will look to get a better result this time after losing away matches to JDT and Home United.