Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) president Ramon "Tats" Suzara lauds Jorge Edson Souza de Brito’s plans for the national team program in the future.

/ 13 October 2021

Despite being a few months in the job, Suzara bared that Souza de Brito is living up to his considerable credentials — including the women’s campaign in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships and especially his plans for the national team in the coming times.

Souza de Brito recently manned the youthful Team Rebisco team in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships in Thailand.

Despite not winning a single game in the continental tournament, they were satisfied with the experience gained by the national team. 

“I saw him in the training. He’s very strict, mahigpit siya,” Suzara said on Noli Eala’s Power & Play. 

“He’s something different, most of our players and coaches don’t know him. He’s a Barcelona gold medalist, he played in many international teams in Japan, in Europe, he coaches a club team in Brazil,” he added.

Suzara saw Souza de Brito as an instrument for the growth of the national women’s team which is seen in his plans for the national team program in the near future.

“He presented to us, to the Executive Committee of the PNVF, his plans for the next two years,”  Suzara bared. 

The primary goal of the plan is to play more matches and give the Filipinas more international exposure.

“Coach Jorge wants us to play more matches. He presented in our workshop the number of matches that USA have, Brazil have, Thailand have, and you will see, they have hundreds of matches in a year,” Suzara noted.

“Tayo, ang matches ng national team natin siguro, at the most siguro, baka 20 matches lang, the most 30 matches. The more matches that we play, and we compete, the more points we get to improve our world ranking in FIVB and in AVC,” Suzara propounded.

If the national program goals are accomplished, the Philippine women’s team will be able to compete in a minimum of 50 matches in 2022.