UAAP: Jun Manzo had always known Steve Akomo to be a fighter

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 13, 2018 07:57 PM
UAAP: Jun Manzo had always known Steve Akomo to be a fighter
Jun Manzo has full faith that Steve Akomo will hurdle the obstacle right in front of him

When the University of the Philippines did battle with University of Sto. Tomas, Jun Manzo had more than just the game on his mind.

Manzo, the Fighting Maroons’ second-year playmaker, was thinking about Steve Akomo, his former teammate who was now playing for the Growling Tigers.

Akomo didn’t suit up, and wasn’t even at the venue, last Wednesday, however, as he continues to nurse the blood clots that have been found on his brain.

Of course, Manzo had his former teammate on his mind. “Siyempre, nag-aalala ako sa kanya. Parang kapatid ko na yun sa Cebu kaya marami kaming pinagdaanan nun,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “Lagi ko pa nga siyang niyayakap tapos tinatanong ko lagi, ‘Kamusta ka na? Anong balita sa’yo?’”

Manzo and Akomo were teammates in the University of the Visayas and played two seasons together in the CESAFI.

In 2016, they parted ways with the point guard heading to Diliman and the big man transferring to Espana.

“Halos sabay rin kami pumunta ng Manila, na-late lang siya ng ilang buwan. Pero kahit nasa ibang teams kami, masaya ako na nakakamit na niya mga pangarap niya,” the former said.

Fast forward two years and even though they now play for UAAP rivals, the bond between them remains.

And with Akomo facing a huge hurdle personally, Manzo only need to look back at their time together to know his former teammate will come through.

“Nung Finals namin against (University of) San Carlos, every game nun, kahit na may iniinda siya, naglaro siya at lumaban siya. Sayang hindi namin nakuha, pero yun yung pinakamasaya sa aming dalawa,” he shared.

He then continued, “Ganun talaga yung ugali niya. Kahit nasasaktan siya, naglalaro pa rin siya kaya dun talaga ako bilib sa kanya.”

Get well soon, Steve. Your good friend Jun has full faith in you.

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