Unfortunately: Jorge Souza de Brito will remain the women’s national coach until 2025, says PNVF

Brazilian tactician Jorge Souza de Brito will continue to lead the Alas Pilipinas women’s team until the 2025 SEA Games.

Brazilian tactician Jorge Souza de Brito will remain head coach of the Alas Pilipinas women’s team until the 2025 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) announced on Friday.

PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara made the announcement along with National Team Committee Chairman Tonyboy Liao, team captain Jia Morado-de Guzman and team manager Hollie Reyes.

“After careful consideration, consideration and consultation with the PNVF board, I would like to officially announce that we would like to retain Coach Jorge until the 2025 SEA Games,” Suzara said after Alas Pilipinas’ practice match in South Korea.

“There are so many events coming up for Alas Pilipinas, so let’s keep supporting the team and the program,” Suzara added.

De Brito’s three-year contract under the FIVB Empowerment Program is expected to expire at the end of the month and will next captain Chinese Taipei.

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But the PNVF appealed to the FIVB, citing the call to retain the coach after Alas Pilipinas’ historic bronze medal in the 2024 AVC Challenge Cup.

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Taking steps to ensure the continuity of the program, the Philippine federation stated that Alas Pilipinas’ roster would remain intact for future competitions. This includes the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Challenger Cup at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium next month, as well as the 33rd Southeast Asian Games in Thailand next year.

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However, there is still a long way to go for Alas, as the Philippines fell in five sets against local Korean club Powerful Daegu on Friday. The competition was part of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and South Korea.