Brazilian coach to help PH women’s volleyball team arrive

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Brazilian coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito arrived late Wednesday night at NAIA Terminal 1 aboard Asiana Airlines. The Brazilian coach is here in the country to participate in the women’s national team training bubble for the 21st Asian Senior Volleyball Championship. PNFF Photos

MANILA, Philippines – The transformation of the women’s national volleyball team is finally underway. The disruptor has arrived from Brazil.

Jorge Edson Souza de Brito set out to begin his two-year tenure at the end of Wednesday — under the FIVB’s program to help underperforming national rosters — and reconstruct Team Philippines from a mere glamor team into a true championship team.

But due to health protocols, De Brito will have to complete his quarantine until July 31 before he can join the national team that recently camped in a training bubble in Ilocos Norte.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Olympic champion and coach De Brito told the Inquirer just days before he left Brazil.

“To do good, to make change, I have to understand. I want to know the people, the culture. I have to study them and ask why they play volleyball,” he said. “I will try to see it (my job as a coach) as a player.”

He will work with interim head coach Odjie Mamon, former mentor of the University of Santo Tomas. He will join the team from Friday at the training camp in Batangas.

And their first assignment is to make sure Team Philippines makes a decent finish in the 21st Asian Senior Women’s Championships that the country will host from August 29.

The Philippines ended up in Group A with tough countries such as Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan.

The president of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation, Ramon “Tats” Suzara, said the country’s achievements in the Asians should provide a glimpse of the national team’s future.

“We have deployed young players who will be working with different veterans. And now we, our Brazilian coach, are here, so we expect change for the better,” said Suzara.

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