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Jarvey Gayoso foregoes UAAP football with Ateneo to go pro

As of February 5, former Ateneo de Manila standout footballer and U22 Philippine National Team player Javier “Jarvey” Gayoso opted not to use his remaining eligibility in the UAAP to play professional football in the domestic scene.

This development came from the player himself, via his social media channel, thanking the university he served as a forward in its varsity team in stellar fashion for 8 years in the UAAP football tournaments beginning in the high school levels.

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After much thought and deliberation, and with the guidance of Ateneo de Manila University and the AMFT, I have decided not to return to the UAAP this year. Although this was a tough decision to make, ultimately I had to choose what I believe would be what’s best for me and my future. After my stint at this year’s South East Asian games, God blessed me with an opportunity to play professional football overseas. Thus, in preparation for this huge task, I have made the decision to join a local professional team. I will, however, continue to pursue my college degree at the Ateneo, as this has also been a lifelong goal. I have played my heart out for the Ateneo for 8 wonderful years. 8 years that have brought me trials, triumph, and memories I will keep with me forever. As a student, my biggest task was to balance my academics and my love for the sport and along with this, came setbacks that tested my ambition. Being an athlete, I was given the opportunity to compete in football and track and field which strengthened my athleticism and versatility. As a football player, I have suffered devastating losses which helped build my character. And taking on the responsibility of representing my country and my alma mater showed my heart and my passion for the beautiful game. So to my dear Ateneo, I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to strive for an Ateneo education, while proudly representing the blue and white. Playing for the Ateneo has improved every aspect of my life and opened numerous doors for me and I could never thank you enough. Choosing the Ateneo was and will always be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. To the 12th men, thank you for your continuous support and love for the game and for cheering us on through every minute. Thank you for all your sacrifices – for coming to watch our games under the heat of the sun, taking the time off your busy schedules to watch us do what we’re most passionate about, and for crying, celebrating, and fighting with us. (1/2)

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But what is the more interesting part in the substantial post is his jump to the local professional ranks may serve to be just a stepping stone for an opportunity to play overseas.

“After my stint at this year’s South East Asian games, God blessed me with an opportunity to play professional football overseas. Thus, in preparation for this huge task, I have made the decision to join a local professional team.”

For the past years, when his actual rise to prominence in the local footballing circles began in full blast from his breakout season in the college level, the now 22-year old footballer immediately made a name by being the top scorer in the UAAP where his prolific outputs in front of goal were maintained almost his entire tenure in college football. Such a career span produced two championships, multiple top scoring awards and MVP honors.

As a national athlete, Gayoso has been part of the junior ranks of the national football team program with stints in the U19 and U22 levels with the recent 2019 Southeast Asian Games as one of the most high profile playing alongside Azkals mainstays Stephan Schröck, and Amani Aguinaldo, with promising peers based overseas such as Justin Baas, Anthony Pinthus and Yrick Gallantes in what could be considered as one of the best showings of the youth squad in years, despite coming short of qualifying to the semifinals due to goal difference.

The mentioned international tournament may have been a revelation for the college star’s massive potential in his capabilities as, although he has been mainly a striker and one of the main focal points in attack for his teams both in Ateneo and the Philippines, his role for his latest stint in the national squad has been very different by being utilized as a left-back with a license to operate up the wing.

As of this writing, it is yet to be officially confirmed which local team he is joining, but with the Philippines Football League already on the horizon in less than a month’s time, Jarvey Gayoso will finally be seen donning a kit and stepping onto the pitch as a professional.

Photo credit: Jarvey Gayoso FB fan page, Smile 8 Photography