LOCAL lady booters decided to forego the offer to join the national futsal team to give way to other commitments.
Rookie players Angeli Ruete, Evonnie Urtal and Christine Mantos weighed their options and decided to skip the training pool.
The three were teammates in the University of San Carlos futsal team, which finished runner-up to the national team-powered National Capital Region in the Philippine National Games in Dumaguete.
National team coach Esmaeil Sedigh offered them the chance to join the team after seeing them play in that final match.
Ruete, the only student of the three, has school on top of her priorities and has no plans of quitting as of the moment.
“Nakahuhuna-huna na gyud ko mudecline sa pagkakaron kay if ever muapil ko kay maundang man kog skwela. Sayang sad ba,” said Ruete.
The players will have to be based in Manila and train for three months to prepare for a friendly match against Japan in August.
The parents of the 19-year-old civil engineering student also supported her decision, saying that she can pursue these plans to be in the national team after graduating. “I will decline the offer but I plan to try out for the team after I graduate. A lot of players in the national team are in their early 20s so I still have a chance,” said Ruete.
Urtal is tied up with work commitments in a customer service company. Mantos decided to stay home. Both Urtal and Mantos were the reinforcements of USC Ladies futsal team in the PNG.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 12, 2012.