SINGAPORE — Philippine coach Roger Gorayeb is wary of one player of Indonesia ahead of the two teams' meeting in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition on Wednesday.
Well, Gorayeb said the Philippine camp is receiving reports that the Indonesia team will be fielding a player that has the impact of a male player in terms of power and skills, stopping short of questioning the player's gender.
Gorayeb couldn’t recall the name of the player but he was apparently referring to Aprilia Santini Manganang. The Philippine coach said he has personally seen the 23-year-old Indonesian player in action two years ago during the Southeast zone qualifier for the 2014 FIVB World Championship.
“Kapag nakita mo talaga, lalakeng lalake siya,” said Gorayeb after the team’s first practice on Friday. “Hindi namin alam kung bakit siya naging babae.
“Napakalakas 'nun. Para kang naglagay ng lalake,” he added. “Pati uniform panlalaki, maskulado. May bigote talaga, walang biro. Tapos macho. Nagsasando. Pero babae daw.”
When asked how Philippine star Alyssa Valdez can compare to the Indonesian player, Gorayeb said there is no comparison.
“Naku po,” Gorayeb said emphatically. “Hindi mo maco-compare si Alyssa sa lalake.”
Gorayeb recalled one time when they faced Indonesia in three sets during the qualifier where the Philippines was up by a big margin but eventually lost.
“If I’m not mistaken, parang 17-12, 18-12 (ang score). Parang ganun. Pinasok na ‘yun, ubos ang lamang namin. Pumalo sa likod, pumalo sa harap. Even Vietnam, nahirapan sa kanya,” said Gorayeb.
Gorayeb said they don’t plan to lodge a protest to question the player's gender.
“Kung certification lang, lulusot ‘yun. Pero kung may gender test, mag-iiba ang sitwasyon,” said Gorayeb.