F2 Players Struggle with Emotional Disbandment as Jorge Resigns
Shocking moves in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) momentarily yanked the spotlight from the All-Filipino Conference Finals that kicked off with Game 1 on Thursday, as a team’s disbandment and a coach’s resignation became the subject of a lot of conversations—and social media posts.
Players from F2 Logistics stormed their social accounts with emotional reactions to the team’s announcement that it was disbanding to focus on grassroots sports, ending a fruitful campaign in club competitions that began in 2016.
“This hurts more than a heartbreak,” Cargo Movers captain and vocal leader Aby Maraño wrote in Filipino on her account, while Kianna Dy, who was in Japan with her boyfriend and B.League star Dwight Ramos, shared a picture of her crying after the team made the heartbreaking announcement.
Meanwhile, Jorge Souza de Brito stepped down as the head coach of the Akari Chargers, leaving the team after four conferences—and immediately after its most successful one.
De Brito was the coach of the Chargers since they joined the PVL in the Reinforced Conference last year, finishing eighth with a 3-5 record led by import Prisilla Rivera.
More announcements will follow soon as to the new direction the Akari Chargers will take moving forward,” the team said.
The day before Akari announced De Brito’s departure, F2 Logistics decided to disband its team, making the announcement on Wednesday evening.
The team’s stars, and coach Regine Diego, are available for other teams to tab.
“To my teammates, wherever the next chapter takes you, I hope that in that chapter, you will be happy,” Maraño wrote.
“I never thought this day would come, but here we are! It was an honor to work in this company and get to play the sport that I love with the sisters I never had. Closing these eight long years that we had together was tough. Really tough.”
“Since day one, you have welcomed us into your family. You built a great support system for us to become better at the sport and healthier for a longer career,” Macandili wrote. “Thank you to the entire coaching staff for your never-ending sacrifices and for all that you taught me. I am who I am because of all of you.”