Defiant Guiao keeps fate in Gilas' World Cup bid: "Alam ko kaya pa natin"

Paul Lintag on Dec 04, 2018 12:12 AM
Defiant Guiao keeps fate in Gilas' World Cup bid
"When I took on this job, I stated very clearly that my objective and our goal is to bring this team to the World Cup," Guiao said.

MANILA, Philippines --- When Yeng Guiao took over Gilas Pilipinas, his "contract" was to run until the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

However, there's a very good chance that the Philippines might not even make it there.

If that's the case, coach Yeng will step down from his post on his own.

"When I took on this job, I stated very clearly that my objective and our goal is to bring this team to the World Cup," Guiao said.

"I also stated that if I cannot bring this team to the World Cup, I'll walk away," he added.

After Monday's crushing loss to Iran, Gilas falls out of Group F's top-3 for the first time.

The Philippines has an even 5-5 record following back-to-back defeats and the country trails Australia (9-1), Iran (7-3), and Japan (6-4) in the standings. Only the top-3 move on to the World Cup and the Boomers have already secured their slot.

The best fourth placed team also moves on but the fate of the two teams that happen to place in the top-4 in both groups will rely on China's final placing.

As hosts, the Chinese have a sure slot in the 2019 World Cup. If China makes it to the top-3 of Group E, both fourth placed teams move on.

China is currently no. 3 in Group E with a 6-4 mark.

Still, while a chance to mak it to the World Cup is ever present, it doesn't take away from the disaster that was Gilas Pilipinas' final two home games in these Asian Qualifiers.

"Well, of course we're disappointed, not just about the match but for the whole window," Guiao said after the Iran loss, which came days after the shock upset at the hands of Kazakhstan.

"I still feel this is a strong team. I still feel if the chances are slimmer going to the World Cup but I still feel we can do it. Alam kong kaya pa rin natin," Guiao added.

 

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