UP Coach: Benching was “part of learning process” for Valmayor
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 19, 2014 06:10 PM
UP Coach Anto Gonzales felt that striker Jinggoy Valmayor needed to learn a lesson this season.
As Ateneo de Manila celebrated their third win in the UAAP Season 77 Men’s football tournament last December 14, their Katipunan rivals, the University of the Philippines headed to the benches with an air of frustration hanging around them.
None looked more frustrated than striker Jinggoy Valmayor, who sat out the second half of their matchup with Ateneo. Valmayor did not appear to be nursing any injuries, which made it all the more puzzling as to why UP Coach Anto Gonzales decided to sit his leading goalscorer out during the second half of a crucial matchup.
Because of Ateneo’s win, they moved to solo lead, a position that both Katipunan-based squads were gunning for coming into the match.
In State U’s December 18 matchup against Adamson University, Valmayor was again on the bench, watching as his teammate’s steamrolled the Falcons to a 4-0 halftime lead.
“I think it’s part of a learning process on his end.” said Coach Gonzales during a postgame interview. “May mga kailangan siyang matutunan that will benefit the team more.”
When asked why he decided to pull Valmayor out, Gonzales responded by saying that he felt that the senior was not one with the team in terms of abiding by certain values that the coaching staff wanted to instill on the team.
Valmayor had scored in each of UP’s first three games in Season 77, finding the back of the net four times to lead UP to a two-win, one draw record in three games.
In the second half of their game against Adamson, Gonazles called on Valmayor to join his fellow Maroon-shirts on the pitch.
“He’s always there in training, he’s been a very influential player for us, so I give him some opportunity to show that he’s improving in different aspects, lalo na dun sa relationships with teammates, how he approaches the game, and how he approaches his teammates. Syempre bibibigyan ko parin ng opportunity na mapakita niya na nag-iimprove siya.”
Valmayor did not waste that opportunity, and immediately made an impact in the second half, assisting on a Joseph Fermin goal in the 74th minute to put the Maroons up 5-0, en route to a six-to-nothing shutout of Adamson.
UP currently sits tied with Ateneo on top of the UAAP 77 Men’s Football Standings with 10 points. The Maroons are still heavy contenders, and Valmayor’s offensive weapons will be an integral part in his team’s success this season.