COACH Moro Branislav is disgusted with how the lenient player transfer policy has affected his roster at Foton, and pointed out the much bigger problem for the Philippine national squad as players bounce around different leagues.
Branislav arrived last week from a break after a title run in the Super Liga Grand Prix only to find out that he has only eight players left in the lineup a month before the Philippine Super Liga Invitational Conference.
Nobody told him of the player exodus in the offseason and was shocked to find out on the first day of training.
Foton has yet to make an announcement on the composition of its team for the GP.
The seven remaining players are Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jaja Santiago, Maika Ortiz, EJ Laure, Ivy Perez and new comers Jen Reyes and Glayssa Torres.
“Ok, this is a surprise that I only had eight players on my first day of work,” said Branislav, who arrived a week ago.
Sisi Rondina transfered to Petron but will not suit up until the All-Filipino Conference as she sees action with University of Sto. Tomas in the UAAP.
Rhea Dimaculangan moved to Petron, Angela Araneta, Patty Orendain and Bia General are now with Generika, while Patty Orendain and Cara Acevedo are also seeking spots in other clubs.
Having a complex setup of leagues makes it difficult to keep a solid national team, according to Branislav.
“This is what I don’t understand with the Philippine volleyball, they have two professional leagues - one is PSL which is the real best league the best in quality and the V-League which is not the best in quality in professional league,” he said.
“In the past seven days I understand the problem in Philippine volleyball,” he added. “Why is there two professional league and two university league and this is only in the Philippines.”
Branislav also noted that he was not impressed with the opening-day matches in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.
He added he was shocked that collegiate leagues can fill the arenas to the rafters, while there are some players who do not even show up for the national team tryouts.
“I go and see first day in the university league and watched four teams play and I see no quality,” he said.
The opening-day matches featured National University, led by former national coach Roger Gorayeb, against University of the East, mentored by current national coach Francis Vicente.
University of the Philippines, coached by Jerry Yee, battled Adamson, led by American coach Airess Padda, in the other match.
“The national team is very important,” he said. “This is not good for Philippine volleyball they cannot focus on the quality of the game if there are too many leagues.”