The Philippines Men’s National Basketball Team’s head coach Joseller ‘Yeng’ Guiao resigns from his post following a disappointing campaign at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
A lot of hype and expectation were unfairly burdened on the shoulders of an ill-prepared squad, who gave up an average margin of nearly 30 points per game to their opponents, and were swept 0-5.
Four of Gilas Pilipinas’ losses came via blowout defeats against Italy, Serbia, Tunisia, and Iran. Their closest result came in overtime against Angola, where they fizzled in the extra period and suffered their most heartbreaking loss. The disheartening results dropped them to the very bottom of the tournament rankings at 32nd place due to having the worst points difference.
The failure of the recently concluded campaign should not fall in any way on the personnel on the court, stressed Guiao, opting to shoulder all the blame as he officially resigned from his post in a lenghty official statement.
“As regards the past performance of the Gilas Pilipinas Men’s Basketball Tean in the recent World Cup, I am as disappointed as the rest of the country,” the statement opened.
“I truly and fully appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of all the players; not just those of the recent FIBA World Cup Team, but of all those who have contributed to the program since my appointment as head coach for the 2018 Asian Games.
After extending his gratitude towards the staff, management, and various executives from both the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the SBP, Guiao went on to address all the supporters of the national team.
“I take full responsibility,” he continued. “I knew what conditions existed, what the limitations were, and still, I accepted the challenge. I hold myself responsible for the consequences. I am sorry we could not deliver a better performance. Our players gave their best against talented, bigger, stronger, and better prepared athletes from the best teams in the world. I truly appreciate their efforts and sacrifices – and that of their families. Our times together will never be erased from my memory.”
“In the light of all these developments, I am stepping down, as of today, as the Head Coach of the Gilas Men’s Basketball Team, in order to give the SBP a free hand in building and developing a program towards achieving our objective of competing with the best of the best.I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve our country through the sport we love most.”
Set to co-host the 2023 edition of the Basketball World Cup with Japan and Indonesia, the Philippines will have plenty of time to reflect and perhaps do a complete overhaul, as they look to try and win back the respect of skeptics, both at home and around the globe.
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