Frustrated na sila -- Abella on imports' delayed ITCs
Mark Escarlote on May 11, 2017 10:21 PM
As far as we are concerned, matagal na naming prinoseso ang papeles na ‘yun. It's just that hindi pa napapadala ng FIVB ang ITCs nila. I think sa lahat naman ata ng imports, ganun kaya wala pang nakakalaro --- Rommel Abella
Even with a hot streak to end the first round of eliminations, Pocari Sweat head coach Rommel Abella did not hide his frustrations of playing all-Filipino with his and the rest of the field’s imports still waiting for the green light in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
All of the foreign players that the six teams tapped to help in their campaign are all yet to see action with their International Transfer Certificates still being processed.
“As far as we are concerned, matagal na naming prinoseso ang papeles na ‘yun. It's just that hindi pa napapadala ng FIVB ang ITCs nila. I think sa lahat naman ata ng imports, ganun kaya wala pang nakakalaro,” said Abella after the Lady Warriors’ 15-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-19 win over Creamline Thursday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Pocari Sweat’s reinforcement Bosnian middle Edina Selemovic has been in the country since January while American open hitter Michelle Strizak came in last month.
“Actually frustrated na sila kasi pumunta sila dito para maglaro and hindi sila makalaro,” he said. “Pero every training naman sinasabihan ko sila na relax lang tayo, maayos din ‘yan. Nagre-respond naman sila pero siyempre ‘di mo maalis ang frustrations.”
The Lady Warriors, winners of the last V-League Open and Reinforced Conferences, started the season flat, losing their first two games before snatching three straight victories.
Abella said that part of their early struggle was adjusting from training with imports to suddenly playing all-Filipino.
“Oo naman (frustrated kami) kasi this is the Reinforced Conference, so ang mindset namin and nabuo naming plays and strategy is with imports,” said Abella. “Kaya ng first few games namin, mababa kami kasi for the past month, puro may import ang ensayo namin. Gulatan lang na walang import na nakalaro. It just so happened na ngayon, gumaganda na ang laro.”
League organizer Sports Vision is already working on the imports’ documents.
“Ang sabi sa amin, it's either tomorrow or Tuesday. Sila Sir (PVL president) Ricky (Palou) they're working on it,” said Abella. “Kasi kanina nu’ng kausap ko si Sir Ricky at (league commissioner) Sir Tony (Liao), kausap ni Sir Tony ang sa FIVB, so fingers-crossed. Sana maayos na, if not tomorrow, Monday.”
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