Ceres-Negros FC confirmed via their social media channels that Spanish veteran goalkeeper Toni Doblas’ stint with the Filipino club has come to end.
The keeper himself followed up with a social media post confirming that his affiliation with the busmen has indeed come to end, he even hinted of a possible retirement.
But English journalist, Sid Lowe, who is covering Spanish football was quick to reply to the keeper with some words of encouragement.
Toni Doblas has been the first choice goalkeeper of head coach Risto Vidakovic in the 2018 season . His arrival has been one of the biggest news for the club in the buildup to thepast year’s campaign due to his impressive resume where he played for and built a name for renowned La Liga clubs Real Betis and Real Zaragoza.
He began his Asian sojourn playing for India’s Delhi Dynamos in 2015-16, before being with Ceres-Negros as his most recent stop where he was able to help the club attain the 2018 Philippines Football League championship – the busmen’s second straight domestic league title in the fully professional era.
He also featured in the club’s momentous AFC Champions League qualifying campaign reaching the playoff round where they were able to beat Brisbane Roar before eventually being eliminated by Tianjin Quanjian against the likes of star players Pato and Axel Witsel.
In the 2018 AFC Cup, Toni Doblas was instrumental in the club’s run to the ASEAN Zonal Final where they lost to Singaporean club, Home United.
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