“We were not informed,” Acaylar on Malinis’ move to La Salle
“Ang hindi ko lang gusto ay hindi siya nag paalam, wala siyang respeto sa Perpetual at sa team niya,” Coach Sammy Acaylar expressed his disappointment to Kennry Malinis’ departure from Perpetual.
Altas head coach broke his silence on Wednesday on the alleged transfer of the young spiker to La Salle.
In a story published in Philippine Star, Malinis, who is about to enter his second year with the Altas, was dropped by the head coach after he found out in social media that the spiker had already moved to Taft without his consent.
“Siyempre ‘di mo maaalis na masama ang loob ko sa kaniya pero hinahayaan ko na lang,” after learning that the promising spiker is on his way to La Salle.
Acaylar also said he reached out to Malinis through their team group chat and asked him for the clarification about the transfer rumors, however, the player left him on seen.
“Yung mga coaches ko, yung mga players ko isa lang ang sinabi nila sa akin, ‘Coach, inalagaan mo ‘yan, ‘di mo pinabayaan ‘yan pati ang magulang niya. Hayaan mo na baka hindi siya satisfied,” he added.
While the player has remained quiet regarding the matter, Malinis’ parents messaged Acaylar, stating that they are also clueless about their son’s transfer and Kennry kept on telling “secret” when they asked him about the issue.
Acaylar said that it was the second time that the program had to remove Malinis from the line-up after they found out that student-athlete received failing marks in some of his courses, “Ang rule ko is ‘pag bumagsak ka, tatanggalin kita,” he said.
After informing Malinis that he will no longer be part of the Altas, his parents reached out to Acaylar and begged to give Kennry another chance.
With Acaylar’s good relationship with his player’s parents since he looked after their son and his career, he then decided to give Kennry a second chance.
“Hindi ko naman siya pipigilan kung saan niya gusto pumunta, pero the fact is naka-enrolled siya,” he added.
What hurt the coach, even more, was the fact that he was the one responsible for bringing the CESAFI Boys’ Volleyball MVP from Cebu to Manila and even arranged the 19-year-old’s transfer to the Las Piñas-based school.
Moreover, Malinis first played with Perpetual in the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference, before finally making his debut in the NCAA Season 95.
Malinis was a rookie when the Altas swept the elimination round in Season 95 but the league was cut short and eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite Malinis’ departure, Acaylar said he had new names in the roster like 6-foot-1 Kirk Rosos from its high school program, 6-foot-2 middle spiker Ramram Sipin from Dumaguete, and a 6-foot-3 setter and middle from Negros Oriental.
Further, Acaylar also removed former league MVP Joebert Almodiel due to attitude problems.
“I don’t mind if they don’t want to play for me anymore as long as they give me the courtesy of asking me first,” said Acaylar.