De Jesus mum on coaching PVF-backed U-23 national team
No comment muna ako kasi wala pa kaming final na na-discuss regarding that -- De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus on reported PVF-backed national team head coaching stint
De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus clarified that nothing is yet final about the reports that he will handle a national team backed by Philippine Volleyball Federation in the Asian U-23 Women’s Championship in Thailand two months from now.
“No comment muna ako kasi wala pa kaming final na na-discuss regarding that,” said De Jesus Wednesday when asked by reporters about him taking the reins of a squad the embattled PVF is planning to form. “Actually, wala pang final talk regarding that.”
PVF, which lost its recognition from the Philippine Olympic Committee two years ago and was replaced by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., reportedly named De Jesus as head coach of the U-23 team. The composition of the team has yet to be announced.
LVPI unveiled the national women’s pool two weeks ago but decided to withdraw its participation in the Asian U-23 tilt set on May 13 to 21 because of time constraint and PVF took the opportunity to create a team of their own.
PVF president Boy Cantanda was at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan during the defending champions Lady Spikers’ 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 win against University of Sto. Tomas in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
De Jesus was also the head coach of the national women’s team, named Amihan, when PVF formed a 36-man pool back in 2014 with the intention to select the best players possible to see action in the 2015 Asian U-23 Championship and the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
But with the PVF then troubled with power struggle inside the association, POC stepped in and gave its recognition to LVPI with Joey Romasanta sa president.
An LVPI-backed men’s and women’s team participated in the Asian U-23, Asian Women’s Senior Championship and the SEA Games, the country’s first participation in the biennial meet since 2005.
De Jesus hinted that given a chance, he might accept the responsibility.
“Last time naman nandoon naman na ako with Amihan so kung kinakailangan babalik (ako), volleyball concern naman ‘yan eh,” he said. “So kung kailangan ako sa ganoong posisyon siguro naman pwede, malaki naman ang chance.”
But with DLSU already in the Final Four with a twice-to-beat advantage, De Jesus is also having some second thoughts.
“Hindi naman ganoon kadali mag-decide sa ganoong klase ng responsibility, nakaatang lahat kasi sa’yo eh,” he said. “Kung anuman ang maging result nun nasa balikat mo lahat ‘yun. Sabi ko nga wala pang final talk regarding that.”
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