'Tito' Nash Racela believes Tamaraws are ready for battle

Paul Lintag on Sep 07, 2017 03:02 PM
'Tito' Nash Racela believes Tamaraws are ready for battle
FROM FAR AWAY. Nash Racela will be present when FEU battles new day rival DLSU to start the season.

Nash Racela will be transitioning from one proud papa to one proud tito.

No longer the head coach for Far Eastern University, the rookie TNT KaTropa coach is still keeping close tabs on the Tamaraws especially since his brother Olsen was the one who took over for him in Morayta.

And even though he has no more direct participation with the team, coach Nash is still aware of everything that is happening with the Tamaraws - including distractions (see their Davao brawl with De La Salle University) that marred their year-long preparation under coach Olsen.

However, in typical new Nash fashion, the former UAAP champion coach thinks that those distractions will only add fuel to FEU's already burning desire to regain the UAAP crown - a crown it lost last year without a proper title defense.

"You should welcome all of those, it will only make them better as a team," Racela said on the incident involving FEU and the defending champion Green Archers in a pocket tournament in Davao.

Regardless of distractions though, coach Nash thinks that FEU is already more than ready to compete under coach Olsen.

Sharing the sentiments of his brother, Nash thinks that the Tamaraws should be way past the adjustment period by now.

"I'm sure it was difficult at the start, but what really worked for them was the time that they had in looking for the adjustments," he said.

"I think they're ready for battle, especially having seen the last couple of tune-up games, I'm pretty confident that they are ready. The coaching staff has done a really good job preparing them," Racela added.

With host FEU opening its season against DLSU in what should be an explosive matchup, you can count on coach Nash to be present live, watching his former players and his brother do battle.

"Excited din ako manood na nung game ng FEU," Racela said.

Will he be at the opening?

"Of course," he said.

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