Thailand opens door for Kim Fajardo

Kim Fajardo, not Alyssa Valdez, is strongly being considered to be part of club teams in Thailand.

No less than Est Cola head coach Chamnan Dokmai expressed interest in recruiting Fajardo, the heart and soul of the La Salle squad that will be facing Ateneo de Manila in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament this Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Dokmai said Fajardo has the skills, the talent, and the wisdom to become a force to be reckoned with in top flight tournaments like the Volleyball Thailand League in Bangkok.

[quote cite=’Chamnan Dokmai, head coach (Est Cola)’]”That setter from La Salle, she is good and smart”[/quote]

[quote] “If that setter can train in Thailand, she will definitely improve more and play at a higher level against other good players.”[/quote]

Dokmai is no ordinary bench tactician.

He is the head coach of a top volleyball club, Idea Khonkaen, and used to handle the Thailand U-19 team wherein Ateneo head coach Anusorn Bundit served as his assistant.

“Many good spikers already”

Previous reports have it that Valdez is being eyed to play for a Thai club team.

Dokmai, however, quickly dismissed the report, saying that they already have an overflowing supply of players who play exactly the same position as the Ateneo superstar.

In fact, Est Cola didn’t have a hard time replacing teen spiker Chatchu-on Moksri with an equally powerful hitter in Sutadta Chuewulim in the Philippine Superliga when Moksri was given a last-minute call-up to the Thai National Team.

[quote]”About the spiker from Ateneo? Oh, we already have too many good spikers in Thailand.”[/quote]

Aside from that, Dokmai noted that Valdez is quite short for the international standard.

[quote]”She is okay. I already saw her many times, she spikes really hard.”[/quote]

[quote]”But she is short and you see she’s okay but her level is not that high. In Thailand, there are many good spikers already.”[/quote]

Valdez’s business manager, Tonyboy Liao, had a dinner with Dokmai last Wednesday in a bid to find a Thai club team for Valdez, who is already playing her last season in the UAAP.

But nothing significant materialized.