The “one foreign player per team” rule and the plan to totally abolish the recruitment of foreign players in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) got positive feedbacks from some coaches in the league.
For De La Salle University tae kwon do poomsae head coach Jean Pierre Sabido, there’s no need to recruit foreign players since the Philippines is loaded of talented athletes from different parts of the country. “Why do we need foreign players? Filipino-student-athletes can be trained to be great players and that’s the responsibility of coaches,” said Sabido, who recently won two gold medals in the prestigious World Tae kwon do Poomsae Championships held in Mexico.
The UAAP Management Committee, through its Secretary Treasurer Rod Roque of University of the East, has recently announced that all teams will be allowed to include just one foreign player (from original rule of two foreign players) in the lineup starting next season.
The league also wants a total ban of foreign players in its future editions to give the Filipino players the chance to earn scholarship opportunities offered by the member schools.
“Kung titignan natin, maganda ito para sa mga Pilipino dahil yung slots na para sa foreign players, mapupunta sa Pilipino talaga,” explained Ateneo men’s basketball head coach Bo Perasol.
There are two foreign players— one from Senegal and one Nigeria —who are eligible to play for Ateneo next season. Unfortunately, only one of them will be allowed to play.
“Medyo tragic lang dun sa mga foreign players na nag-serve ng residency tapos hindi makakapaglaro dahil iisa na nga lang ang slot ibibigay para sa kanila. But overall, maganda ito para sa mga Filipino student-athletes,” added Perasol.
In Season 77 men’s basketball, the reigning champions National University Bulldogs fielded in Cameroonians Henri Joel Betayene and Alfred Aroga—the Finals Most Valuable Player while host University of the East tapped Charles Mammie of Sierra Leone and Moustapha Arafat of Cameroon.
Far Eastern University has American Anthony Hargrove and University of Santo Tomas got Karim Abdul of Cameroon.