United City FC (UCFC) and Kaya FC gained a lot of lessons despite coming up empty-handed in the AFC Champions League recently.
UCFC head coach Jason Withe yesterday said their failed was a step in the right direction as it will spark gradual changes that would make them competitive in the international arena.
The four-time Philippine Football League (PFL) champion finished the group stage with one win, one draw and four losses to bomb out of this prestigious tourney where Asia’s best football clubs are seeing action.
Despite getting eliminated, they still made history as their 3-2 win over Beijing Guoan FC last 8 July made them the first Filipino side to win in the Asian club level.
“There are things that pleased me and there are things that we need to improve in the future,” Withe said.
“And I don’t think it’s about coming here next year with massive changes, but I think it’s going to be a gradual change. I think the club is moving to the right direction.”
Kaya, on the other hand, lost all of its matches in Group F, but head coach Graham Harvey stressed that the real test for them is how they will sustain their momentum when they see action in the next PFL season.
“We’re prepared to make changes to score a goal. I am hugely pleased with how the boys adapted in this set of games,” said Harvey, who banked on Marwin Angeles and Jovin Bedic to deliver their only goals in the competition.
“I think the big test for us now is to go back to the Philippines and make sure we continue.”