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Virus delays Gayoso, Diano Thai transfer

Just when they were about to be transferred, the Thai League declared a suspension of the games.

Ian Suyu



JARVEY Gayoso has to wait before suiting up for Muangthong United. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PFL

Azkals Development Team (ADT) stars Jarvey Gayoso and Mar Diano would have to wait a little longer as the new surge of coronavirus infections in Thailand halted the Thai League 1.

ADT team manager Dan Palami said the league’s suspension of the ongoing season due to the coronavirus pandemic forced Gayoso and Diano to wait before joining powerhouse Muangthong United.

Thailand, which already contained the virus last year, logged fresh cases the past few weeks, prompting sports events, including the Thai League 1, to halt their games.

“Just when they were about to be transferred, the Thai League declared a suspension of the games,” Palami, also the team manager of the Philippine Azkals, said.

“It is just that the circumstances right now in the Thai League does not allow them to go there.”

After the ADT’s surprising third-place finish in the bubble season of the Philippine Football League (PFL) last year, Gayoso and Diano’s impressive performances made heads turn, earning them an opportunity to play for a Thai club.

A two-time Most Valuable Player for Ateneo de Manila University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, Gayoso registred four goals and two assists in their five matches in the PFL.

Diano, a product of University of the East, also showed brilliance at the defensive end, giving Thai volleyball executives to tap him.

Palami said at this point, they would not do anything but to wait.

“It’s very unfortunate, but the eagerness is still there. The Thai club still wants them,” he said.

“The dates are not in our control. If I say a date, it would only be a guess. We have to wait until there is further news on their status.”