MANILA, Philippines – The Gerflor Defenders’ financial woes are over after a famous athlete, who declined to be named, shouldered his delayed salary and expressed his willingness to join the team, according to Gerflor coach Sammy Acaylar.
Acaylar, who watched the Petro Gazz-Farm Fresh match at the Philsports Arena, revealed the development after financial problems hampered his team’s participation in the ongoing second All-Philippine Conference of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).
“Someone who has a good heart and is an avid volleyball fan took our salaries on his shoulders. That’s good. Therefore, the morale of my players has increased and they are more willing to play,” Acaylar told reporters in Filipino.
“My player is greatly influenced by the fact that his financial problems have been alleviated. We met Sir Ricky Palou [and we discussed with him] what has not been repaid from the beginning and what still needs to be repaid.”
Recently, Gerflor’s failure to pay salaries to its players, as well as other problems in team management, came to light, prompting the PVL to investigate the matter.
Acaylar also said that the generous sports official is interested in buying the team and strengthening the defense line-up next season. No official announcement has been made.
“I know there is someone who wants to adopt from us, but maybe we can’t say yet because it hasn’t been fully discussed yet. “Someone just told us that ‘oh, someone on your team will adopt,’ so it still depends on the results of our children,” he said.
“I know there is someone who wants to adopt our team and coaching staff, but we cannot reveal the name yet because the details have not been finalized yet. “Someone just told me ‘someone has adopted your team,’ so I think it still depends on the performance of our players,” he said.
“I think there is already a proposal. Most of our players are running out of contracts and talks are underway to strengthen our team. We need to recruit new players for this. They want everything to be fixed.”
Coach Gerflor leaves PVL with a warning to managers who did not pay salaries.
“It depends on the PVL. We will continue to play and I will continue to coach them. What they do is up to the PVL. I have no idea about their decision,” Acaylar said.
After solving their financial problems, the defenders, who are not taking part in the semifinals with a record of 0-8, want to finish their last three matches well and repay the trust of the person who helped them.