PNVF taps Brazilian coach

Jorge Edson Souza de Brito (Photo: Marcelo Sotto)

A Brazilian coach will be coming over to oversee the training and preparation of the national women’s volleyball team for the 31st Southeast Asian Games.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) yesterday announced the appointment of Jorge Edson Souza de Brito as consultant of the women’s squad that is looking to reclaim the glory in the biennial meet set in Hanoi this November.

Souza de Brito is coming in with impressive credentials.

He is a gold medalist in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and coached the Brazilian women’s volleyball squad to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The 54-year-old Souza de Brito also has vast experience calling the shots in the club level, as he has been campaigning in the Brazilian league starting 2002, and clinched titles in Turkey and Japan.

Based on his resume, Souza de Brito “specializes on teamwork and challenges, planning technical and tactic practices and draw strategies-based results and analysis by the Data Volley program and personal sense.”

He will work hand in hand with national women’s team head coach Odjie Mamon for two years upon his arrival in June, with the International Volleyball Federation covering his salary as part of its coaching support for technical and tactical development of national teams project agreement.

The FIVB also granted the same subsidy to Kenya, Argentina and Turkey last year.

The PNVF, for its part, would shoulder his accommodation, food and local transportation.

A total of 16 players are already considered as shoo-ins for the national women’s volleyball team bannered by former skipper Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, Mylene Paat, Eya Laure and Iris Tolenada.

They will start training on 1 June under a bubble setup in Subic.

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