Jorge Edson Souza de Brito stays on as Alas Pilipinas coach

Jorge Edson Souza de Brito stays on as Alas Pilipinas coach

By: - Online Sports Editor / @CFColinaINQ
/ 08:05 PM June 07, 2024

Alas Pilipinas coach Jorge Souza De Brito during the AVC Challenge Cup 2024

Alas Pilipinas coach Jorge Souza De Brito during the AVC Challenge Cup 2024. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines–Jorge Edson Souza de Brito is staying on as Alas Pilipinas women’s volleyball team head coach,  the Philippine National Volleyball Federation announced Friday.

The Brazilian mentor will be in charge of Alas Pilipinas until December 2025, according to PNVF president Ramon “Tats” Suzara.

“After careful thoughts, consideration and consultation with the PNVF board, I would like to officially announce that we would like to retain Coach Jorge until the SEA Games 2025,” said Suzara after Alas Pilipinas played Powerful Daegu of South Korea in the “Serve, Spike Unite” friendly match in South Korea.

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“There are so many events up ahead for Alas Pilipinas so let’s continue supporting the team and the program.”

De Brito was supposed to step down from his coaching post at the expiration of his contract at the end of this month, but Alas Pilipinas’ historic showing in the AVC Challenge Cup prompted PNVF to appeal for him to stay.

He will help guide the Filipino spikers to various key tournaments en route to the 33rd Southeast Asian Games in Thailand next year where the country hopes to end its 20-year medal drought.

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Before the official contract extension, De Brito had said that he wanted to stay and continue coaching the Philippines, especially with the potential shown by the hastily-assembled Alas Pilipinas roster last month.

“Of course, my desire, my wish is to stay with these guys. All the players in the Philippines, there’s a lot of potential,” de Brito said in an earlier interview.

De Brito will have an intact core with the addition of UAAP stars at his disposal after the PNVF vowed to keep the roster–which won the bronze medal, the country’s first in an AVC tournament–intact.

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Alas is in South Korea as part of its build-up for the FIVB Challenger Cup next month at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Filipino spikers lost to Powerful Daegu, 26-24, 23-25, 23-25, 25-16, 8-15, in an exhibition game on Friday in Daegu City.

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