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first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Yet, instead of moping, she stepped down from the national team and said she would take a “specialized training course” abroad to help her earn credentials as a future fitness guru.“It was a very difficult decision for me because I have always aspired to represent our country,” Daquis said in a statement. “I am very grateful that you (national coaches) have considered me to be included in the team lineup. But I feel that there are other more capable candidates who can contribute more effectively to the team given the other priorities in my life that I must consider.”That’s Daquis gracefully telling them: If you’re not giving me my rightful place in the grand ball, I’m skipping the party altogether.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Rachel Ann Daquis. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith her lean 5-foot-10 frame, flawless skin and winsome smile, Rachel Anne Daquis easily catches everyone’s attention. The highly popular open spiker for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga also happens to be a force on the hard court.A champion many times over with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, as well as with Philippine Army and Petron in volleyball’s commercial leagues, Daquis won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2015 PSL All Filipino Cup, which the Blaze Spikers won via 13-0 sweep.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Keeping up with Kobe End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Over breakfast at Shiny River Hotel in Ust-Kamenogorsk, head coach Francis Vicente, worried sick by the bashing the national team was receiving in social media, tried to lighten the mood of the girls. After five matches in five days the team still could not buy a win against stronger clubs.“Hey, girls, have you said hello to your bashers this morning?” Vicente asked his players.Daquis offered a reply for the team in Filipino: “No coach. We have stopped checking [our social media accounts]. All we know is that we’re all very pretty!”Her remark brought the house down and conveyed the correct attitude the team, including Vicente himself, took to ward off online critics.So after Daquis was unceremoniously cut from the national team’s final roster by the coaching staff, supposedly in favor of younger and stronger open hitters, the news stunned her legions of fans, probably more than Daquis herself.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade That may explain the uproar in social media when she was relegated to the reserve list of the Philippine team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors tournament next month. After all, to paraphrase a classic line from the movie “Dirty Dancing,” “nobody puts Rachel in a corner.”For years, the 29-year-old Daquis painstakingly earned the tag “Face of Philippine volleyball.” During the Singapore SEA Games two years ago, giant posters bearing her image—she was an endorser for a top sports manufacturing company— adorned big malls around the Lion City’s OCBC Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Daquis has represented the country in international tournaments since 2011 and was part of the pioneering PSL-Manila squad that played in the FIVB World Clubs Championships in 2016.Fast-forward to last May’s AVC Asian Club Championship in Kazakhstan, where Daquis served as team captain of Philippine representative Rebisco-PSL and played the part well. She was on top of everything, from the team’s airport check-ins, to the daily bus rides, to the team bull sessions. MOST READlast_img read more

Sofapaka’s Omar keen to emulate Nzigiyimana

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka FC new signing Mousa Omar during a training session at te Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17- Newly signed Sofapaka defender Mousa Omar says he is determined to emulate the success achieved by his fellow Burundian players in the Kenyan Premier League, top of his agenda being to win the league title.Omar signed by Batoto ba Mungu from Rwandese side Busegera says he made the decision to sign for Sofapaka upon heeding advice from countryman Abdul Razak Fiston who played for the club in 2014 and 2015. “We had been with Fiston during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and I asked for advice from him and he was the one who encouraged me to sign for Sofapaka,” the soft-spoken 20-year old said.“There are several Burundian players who have played here including Fiston, Karim (Nizigiyimana) Fwadi (Ndayisenga) and I believe I can follow in the same path for success,” he added.Omar was outstanding for Burundi in the Senior Challenge Cup where he played all the matches as The Swallows finished fourth.He is optimistic he can replicate the same level with Sofapaka and he hopes he can aid the team win the league title for the first time since their win in 2009 when they were promoted to the top flight for the first time.“Sofapaka is one of the biggest clubs in this region and when they came calling I was excited. I have enjoyed the past week training with them and I feel it is the right place. The Kenyan league is one of the toughest and hopefully it will help me improve,” the Burundian said.“My hope is that we can win the league and personally I will work hard to ensure that I get a regular starting role,” Omar said.He will add steel to the club’s backline with stiff competition expected from regulars Rodgers Aloro, Humphrey Okoti and another new signing, Jackson Saleh.However, Omar says he is not afraid of competition and will put his best to ensure he gets regular playing time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more