TEAM Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao admitted it felt weird for him to be conferred with an award on Thursday night.
"I feel awkward receiving this award," he bared during the 2018 SPIN.ph Sportsman of the Year Awards at Crowne Plaza Manila Galeria in Pasig City where he was honored in the Sportsmen Who Take the Lead category.
And he has every reason to.
Calls for his head have barely died down since the Philippines failed to net a victory in the fifth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, dropping a 92-88 defeat to Kazakhstan and squandering an eight-point lead against Iran, 78-70 three days after.
Even Guiao will not sugarcoat his failures.
"Of course, we're disappointed that we lost sa huling window," he said.
But if there's something Guiao can promise, it's that he will do everything in his power to net results come the sixth window in February, when the Philippines will hit the road to meet Qatar and Kazakhstan as it fights for its ticket to 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.
And he's willing to bet on that.
"One thing that we can promise you is that this February, we're playing in Kazakhstan and Qatar, we will do everything," he said. "I will not guarantee wins, but what I can say is I will give my right arm to win those two games."
The Philippines is in danger of missing out the quadrennial tilt with its 5-5 card, as it sits at fourth place in Group F. Only the top three teams from each group, as well as the best fourth-placed team, will earn their berths to the World Cup in China next year.
Guiao has previously vowed to step down from his post if he fails to lead the national team to the World Cup.
Not one to bore the crowd, Guiao put a comedic spin on his team's struggles, saying, "Kahit po magpakalbo ako, gagawin ko. Pangako yan," drawing laughs from the crowd.