National team head coach Francis Vicente. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Philippine head coach Francis Vicente had a high vantage point as he watched his defensive ace Dawn Macandili claim the second Best Libero award in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.And as the national mentor looked on, he immediately knew a perpetual volleyball program for the country can produce more players like Dawn Macandili.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Filipino fans make Korea star Kim Yeon-koung feel at home View comments Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 LATEST STORIES “This is why we need to just trust on a continuous program for a national team,” said Vicente Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippines team for the AVC and the upcoming Southeast Asian Games was formed just few months before the grueling August stretch.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’Vicente added that other positions could also win individual awards in international tournaments and not just the Best Libero plum.“Let’s be patient, let’s support the national team,” said Vicente. “For me we should all be united and stop the crab mentality that we drag other players down.” Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
getty 4 4 But Sarri has revealed will also keep the England international at Stamford Bridge at least until the next transfer window opens.“It was only a decision about the positions I chose to put on the bench to win,” Sarri added.“I have spoken with him twice this week, after I spoke to the club, so I think that Loftus-Cheek will remain with us. We can speak again about his situation, but only in December.”Centre-half Cahill has yet to figure in the squad this season, and it looks as though he might struggle to find a place in Sarri’s back four. Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard will definitely be STAYING at Stamford Bridge this season, manager Maurizio Sarri has vowed.The Blues boss also said England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is going nowhere this summer, but hinted he could end up leaving in January instead. 4 Hazard and Loftus-Cheek are STAYING at ChelseaSarri had great news for Chelsea fans on Friday.Belgian ace Hazard has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are still searching for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus.With the transfer window in Spain still open until August 31, there is still a chance the European Champions will try to tempt Hazard away from the Blues.But Sarri has insisted his talisman will not be sold, as he cannot bring in a replacement after the transfer window shut early for Premier League teams. Gary Cahill’s future at Chelsea is in doubt Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be hoping for regular game time in a Chelsea shirt this season The boss also revealed Hazard is in line to make his first start of the season on Sunday, when Chelsea travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.“I think Eden is ready for 50 or 60 minutes, I don’t know for 90 minutes, but he can start,” said Sarri of Hazard, who has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea this season.“I am the coach of a very good team, a very great club, and so I think with such an important player I cannot sell without the possibility to buy another player at the same level.“So I think Eden will stay with us for the whole season.”The long-term futures of England duo Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill remain unclear, although Sarri revealed he has held talks with both.Midfielder Loftus-Cheek was left out of the squad against Arsenal last weekend, prompting rumours he could look to leave before the European transfer window closes. Getty Images – Getty 4 Sarri has insisted star man Hazard will remain at the Bridge this season There are even reports emanating from Turkey that the 32-year-old is a target for Galatasaray.But Sarri said: “With Cahill I think at this moment for a defender it’s more difficult to play in my team after only 20 days of training.“It’s easier for an offensive player, but for a defender it’s more difficult so at this moment he needs to have much more training with us.“I told him that he needs to be patient now but that he is very important for us.”