Expectations were not high that Roger Gorayeb would be able to continue his coaching career as early as this year after battling multiple myeloma several months ago.
But the multi-titled mentor has exceeded such expectations. In fact, he’ll be making his return to his post with PLDT around March for the 2020 PSL Grand Prix, which raises its curtains on February 29.
“Okay naman na siya, nagre-recover naman na siya. Pagpasok ng March or baka sa first game, pwede na rin siya,” PLDT assistant coach Clint Malazo said of Gorayeb.
“Hindi pa natin alam. Hindi pa namin napag-usapan.”
After being bedridden for quite some time, the seasoned tactician has taken a turn for the better. He now even shows up at the training sessions of the Power Hitters to check on the chemistry of the new players and holdovers.
“Nasa training na siya palagi, pero siyempre hindi muna siya pwede ma-stress at mapagod. Kami muna ang nagdi-drills,” Malazo disclosed.
Having gone through a turbulent off-season where three of its integral cogs — Grethcel Soltones, Jerrili Malabanan and Jasmine Nabor — left the fold, Gorayeb’s mere presence is one massive shot to PLDT’s morale.
The Power Hitters at the savvy strategist’s disposal are spearheaded by mainstays Liz Gata-Pantone, Aiko Urdas, Shola Alvarez, Jorelle Singh, Sasa Devanedera, Kath Villegas, Joyce Sta. Rita, Alyssa Eroa, and Vira May Guillema.
PLDT has also tapped the services of France-bred winger Maeve Orle, Menchie Tubiera, Jana Sta. Maria, Necelle Mae Gual, Sheeka Espinosa, and Jan Andrea Morano in pursuit of capturing a medal in the season-opening conference anew.
“Maaasahan naman ‘yang mga ‘yan, sanay naman na sila maglaro dito sa PSL,” Malazo said.
“Makapasok sana kami ng top four, malaking bagay sana sa ‘min ‘yun, lalo na mga key players namin wala.”
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