A day after his return from the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Coach Yeng Guiao steps down as the head coach of Gilas Pilipinas.
“…I am stepping down, as of today, as the Head Coach of the Gilas Men’s Basketball Team, in order to give the SBP a free hand in building and developing a program towards achieving our objective of competing with the best of the best,” he announced in his statement.
Guiao took responsibility for the poor performance of the team in the FIBA World Cup. Gilas failed to win a single game in the tournament, finishing 32nd in the final rankings.
“I can only wish we could have performed better these past two weeks, but the odds were stacked against us. Nonetheless, I take full responsibility,” he said. “I am sorry we could not deliver a better performance. Our players gave their best against talented, bigger, stronger, and better prepared athletes from the best teams in the world. I truly appreciate their efforts and sacrifices – and that of their families.”
“I am truly blessed to have coached the best that Philippine Basketball has to offer and to have competed amongst the best in the world. I consider the past year, most especially our participation in the World Cup, as the highlight of my career,” he explained in his statement.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has accepted Guiao’s resignation.
ASPeaks : The Samahan is beyond grateful for all his contributions. Other than basketball, his leadership and dedication to the game has given #GilasPilipinas the strength amidst the crucial times!🇵🇭 #SBP #LabanPilipinas #ParaSaBayan pic.twitter.com/7bYqBJI7nc— SBP (@officialSBPinc) September 11, 2019
SBP President Al Panlilio announced via social media, “It is with a heavy heart that we accept Coach Yeng’s resignation as Gilas Pilipinas Men’s head coach. The SBP thanks him for his invaluable contributions and wishes him well in all his future endeavors.”
Guiao thanked the SBP, including SBP Chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan, the PBA, NLEX, the team and the fans in his statement. He ended with: “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve our country through the sport we love most. Para sa bayan.”