Two months after getting sanctioned, coach Aldin Ayo got a chance to redeem himself at the club level.
Ayo was named head coach of the newly christened Manila Chooks team that will see action in upcoming international meets organized by FIBA.
The 43-year-old Ayo, who will replace coach Eric Altamirano, was presented during simple ceremonies with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno at the City Hall.
Ayo will handle the team which used to be known as Chooks 3×3 Team Pilipinas, backstopped by players like Joshua Munzon, who is currently ranked no. 1 locally.
Nationally ranked no. 2 Alvin Pasaol, no. 5 Troy Rike, and no. 6 Santi Santillan were also around at the presentation.
"I'm very grateful because, for me, this will bring another dimension to my coaching career," said Ayo in a statement.
Ayo quit from his job as head coach of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers before getting sanctioned by the University Athletic Association of the Philippines last September 9 as he was handed an indefinite ban from participating in all UAAP events and UAAP-sanctioned activities by the Board of Trustees.
This was after he got involved in an alleged training bubble in Sorsogon that the UST team conducted last July.
Altamirano resigned from his post effective November 1 after handling the 3×3 program organized by Bounty Fresh Agroventures top executive Ronald Mascarinas.