UST footballer Conrado Dimacali III has Navy and National Team aspirations

Santino Honasan on Apr 09, 2020 04:46 PM
UST's Dimacali has Navy and National Team aspirations
“Gusto ko din maka-tulong sa bansa at makapag-lingkod.” - Conrado Dimacali III (FILE PHOTO)

The cancellation of the rest of the UAAP Season 82 tournaments was no doubt an unfortunate way for the participating athletes to say goodbye to their UAAP season.

It was all the more painful for the seniors, who were hoping to be able to put a stamp on their collegiate careers and go out on a positive note.

Most of the graduating athletes are hoping to be able to have one more shot at closing out their UAAP careers the proper way, and one of those is University of Santo Tomas Men’s Football team member Conrado Dimacali.

If given the chance to play out their last year of eligibility next season, Dimacali says he and his fellow Espanã-based seniors would be more than willing.

“Opo, mag-lalaro kami, sana payagan ulit kami ng UAAP, na lahat ng seniors na graduating ngayon, mabigyan ng chance,” Dimacali told ABS-CBN Sports. “Maglalaro kami ulit, gustong-gusto talaga namin bumawi.”

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Dimacali was one of the key cogs of UST’s Finals run back in UAAP Season 80, but the Growling Tigers fell just a solitary point short of making the Final Four in Season 81, serving as motivation for them to bounce back in Season 82.

Unfortunately, after just two match days wherein they won one and lost one, the rest of the season was initially postponed, and then ultimately cancelled.

With his college career still uncertain however, Dimacali can’t really say yet what comes next.

The 23-year old striker has aspirations of one day making the Philippine Men’s National Football Team and playing professionally, but also has his sights set on military service.

“Hindi ko pa masabi [kung maglalaro ako ng pro after college] kasi baka pumasok ako ng Navy, doon ako mag-lalaro,” Dimacali shared. “Pero if mabibigyan ako ng chance na makapag-laro sa sa pro team, maglalaro ako.”

“Tsaka kung mapag-bigyan ako ng chance sa Philippine Team mag-laro, ibibigay ko yung best ko para sa bansa,” he continued.

With regards to his plans on joining the Navy, Dimacali says it’s to be able to serve the country as well.

“Gusto ko din maka-tulong sa bansa at makapag-lingkod.”

The Puerto Princesa, Palawan native shares that his kababayans were partly the reason why he wants to enlist.

“Yung mga kababayan ko kasi nag-Marines, inaya nila ako, tsaka gusto ko rin maging sundalo talaga.”

The main reason however, Dimacali says, is the stability that servicemen enjoy in terms of being able to provide for their family.

“Kaya ako na-enganyo mag-sundalo, nung pumunta ako sa Fort Bonifacio, nakita ko lahat ng sundalo, disiplinado, tsaka stable na sila dahil may trabaho na sila, hindi na mahihirapan yung pamilya nila, at pwede pa makapag-laro ng football,” he explained.

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