CAGAYAN DE ORO – The Gerflor Defenders might have gone winless for eight video games after being swept by the Akari Chargers, however coach Sammy Acaylar lastly obtained recognition from his hometown.
Taking cost of a volleyball crew within the Metropolis of Golden Friendship is not new for Acaylar as it’s the place the place he grew up earlier than turning into one of many brightest minds in Philippine volleyball. However few acknowledge him as a homegrown coach.
On Saturday, Acaylar earned its long-awaited recognition from CDO regardless of their 18-25, 15-25, 19-25 loss to Akari within the second All-Filipino Convention of the 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) at Aquilino Q. Pimentel Worldwide Conference Heart
‘I did not even assume they might acknowledge me. What number of years have I waited for that. As a result of they gave me in Manila however not in Cagayan de Oro Metropolis. However I’m grateful to the mayor as a result of he gave me what ought to be given to me,” Acaylar advised reporters after receiving his plaque from Mayor Rolando Uy, together with homegrown participant Erika Raagas.
(I did not count on to obtain such a recognition as a result of what number of years I waited for this. I obtained it [acknowledgment in Manila] however not in Cagayan de Oro Metropolis [which is my hometown]. I’m grateful to our mayor as a result of he gave me what I deserved.)
Acaylar, a 13-time NCAA males’s volleyball coach from the College of Perpetual Assist, was keen to present again to his hometown together with his teaching abilities and was proud to play for his fellow Cagayanons, who welcomed PVL with an electrical ambiance. .
“It is a lengthy story. It has been my ambition for a very long time to have the ability to contribute and assist right here in Cagayan de Oro Metropolis as a result of that is the place I come from. I’m so pleased as a result of I’m again and PVL is even right here has performed. I am so proud,” he added.
[It’s a long story. It has been my ambition to contribute and help Cagayan De Oro, where I grew up. I’m so happy because through PVL I was able to come back and coach here. I am so proud.)
The Defenders coach, who was witnessed by his siblings among the ecstatic 9,862 fans, marveled at how the province showed their love for Philippine volleyball, hoping to come back again next season.
“I’m happy because this is one of the cities, which really patronizes volleyball. I hope next time I will come back here with a very strong team so they can see how I really coach,” he said in Filipino.
Acaylar will have to wait until Christmas before staying in his hometown as he and his wards are flying back to Manila on Sunday evening to continue their campaign amid their ongoing internal financial problems with the team management, which has only given them a partial payment of their salaries.
Despite the team’s current situation, the veteran coach said his team will continue to fight in their last three games, hoping to get a win.
“When we enter the court, we have to set aside our problems first. We have to solve the problem by playing a good game in our remaining games because it will give them a lot of opportunities if they play well. We may have lost again but they have been reacting well [inside the court]Acaylar stated.