Unemployed for nearly a year, players in a league that has not resumed operations are starting to knock on the doors of VisMin Super Cup teams.
This is the case with the MJAS Zenith Talisay Aquastars team, who have received countless requests to see if they can still accommodate more players in their roster.
“Before the pandemic (COVID-19), the players we want to have weren’t showing a bit of interest. It’s really surprising that now we get a lot of calls, ”team manager MJAS Zenith Jhon Santos told the Philippine Sports Writers Association forum on Tuesday.
The core of the Aquastars used to see action as Valenzuela in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, who quit playing after fear of global health forced a series of lockdowns across the country. end of March of last year.
So far, nearly 400 players from the 31 MPBL teams remain inactive as the league backed by Senator Manny Pacquiao has not yet obtained authorization from the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“Even if we want to help them, we can’t accommodate them all,” said Santos, who graced the weekly forum with team sponsor Puma PH, senior director of sales and operations marketing Michael Aldover and the captain of the MJAS Zenith team, Paolo Hubalde.
Currently, 11 teams – six from Visayas and five from Mindanao – compete in the VisMin Super Cup, which kicks off its inaugural season with the Visayas bubble in the rustic town of Alcantara in Cebu on April 9.
“Our goal is to help our players win and support their families. This is the main reason why we have chosen to play in the VisMin Super Cup while waiting for the reopening of the MPBL, ”said Santos. INQ
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