Ramil de Jesus not closing door on PVF coaching stint after 'Amihan' debacle
Ramil de Jesus has been apointed but has yet to meet with the PVF. Jerome Ascano

LA Salle coach Ramil de Jesus is not closing the door on a return to the Philippine Volleyball Federation as it looks to take part in the 2017 Asian Women Under-23 Championship after the withdrawal of the Philippine Olympic Committee-recognized Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc.

PVF, after an aborted stint in the 2015 Asian Under-23 with a team dubbed ‘Amihan,’ is looking to field a team in the event set May 13 to 21 in Thailand.

LVPI has formed a national pool to be coached by Francis Vicente but two weeks ago pulled out of the event due to time constraints.

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De Jesus was the same coach that was tapped to coach Amihan, led by Mika Reyes, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, the Santiago sisters Dindin and Jaja Santiago, and Tina Salak, but the stint was aborted after the POC withdrew its recognition of the PVF.

“Last time naman nandoon naman na ako with Amihan so kung kinakailangan babalik (ako), volleyball concern naman ‘yan eh,” said De Jesus.

“So kung kailangan ako sa ganoong posisyon siguro naman pwede, malaki naman ang chance.”

“Hindi naman ganoon kadali mag-decide sa ganoong klase ng responsibility,” he said. “Kung anuman ang maging result nun nasa balikat mo lahat ‘yun. Sabi ko nga wala pang final talk regarding that.”

The PVF has yet to discuss plans with De Jesus, even as its chief Edgardo Cantada announced the appointment on Facebook.

“No comment muna ako kasi wala pa kaming final na na-discuss regarding that,” de Jesus said.

The PVF has also yet to announce its squad, and it is still uncertain whether it will be allowed to take the spot vacated by LVPI. 

Meanwhile, the LVPI is now focusing on preparations for Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Manila from August 9 to 17 and the Southeast Asian Games from August 19 to 31.

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