Former UAAP three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, was spotted standing by the baggage carousel at Suvarnabhumi Airport Sunday, January 16, 2017. Her arrival in the Land Of Smile marks her first international club career as part of Thailand’s 3BB Nakornnont.
The 23-year-old Valdez will start training with the club as 3BB Nakornnont prepared for the second round of the Thai League, ABS-CBN Sports reported.
Valdez first game for 3BB is scheduled on January 29 against King-Bangkok at Royal Thai Air Force Chantharubeksa Stadium.
“Siguro hindi ko rin ma-explain kung gaano ako ka-excited at kung gaano ako kinakabahan kasi it’s a different challenge. Kasi mag-isa lang ako, ‘yung lahat ng mga external factors nandoon na rin,” Valdez said in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports.
But Valdez won’t really be alone. She will join Kanjana Kuthaisong and Nattanicha Jaisaen, her former Bureau of Customs teammates.
“At least naging teammates ko naman ang few players doon,’ she said..
Valdez who will stay in Thailand until early April, is excited to play against Thai superstar and Southeast Asia’s most popular player Pleumjit Thinkaow.
“Di ko ba nakakalaban sina Pleumjit and ‘yung mga senior (players ng mga) teams,” said the Team Philippines flag-bearer during the 2015 SEA Games. “Noong SEA Games naman kasi last time hindi natin sila ka-bracket. I’m really excited.”
“I’m really looking forward na makalaban talaga sila o makaharapan lang sila di ba?” she added. “Iba ‘yung excitement kasi makakalaban mo ‘yung mga experienced teams tapos ‘yung team namin sobrang bata rin. Feeling ko matututo ako sa mga kids at the same time sa mga veteran ng Thailand also para ma-help pa kung ano ‘yung mga kailangan kong i-improve as a player and as an individual also.”
Photo credits: Gerry Cacanindin
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