Coach Atoy: 'Wala nang Oraeme (sa Mapua)'

Coach Atoy: 'Wala nang Oraeme (sa Mapua)'
END OF THE ROAD? According to head coach Atoy Co, two-time NCAA MVP will no longer be donning the red and yellow of Mapua.

In a shocking development, two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme is no longer with Mapua Institute of Technology.

“May masamang balita. Actually, ayaw ko pa sana munang ipagbigay-alam, pero nandirito na e,” head coach Atoy Co said on Tuesday.

“Wala nang Oraeme,” he said to finish his news.

Co said that the Nigerian powerhouse had expressed his desire to go back home. “Nagpaalam siya at ang katwiran ay hindi na raw siya masaya sa Mapua. Uuwi na lang daw siya sa Nigeria,” he shared.

However, the Philippine basketball legend said he was having a hard time finding reason in what Oraeme is saying. “Pero para sa akin, yung rason na yun, napakababaw na rason,” he expressed.

Co said that he had an inkling that more than missing home, the two-time NCAA MVP seems to have been approached by certain someones regarding a transfer. As he put it, opting to leave out the particulars, “Sa tingin ko dyan, merong walang respeto na pumapailalim at kinakausap yung bata. Para sa akin, very mali e.”

This isn’t the first time that Oraeme had been reported to be on the outs with the Cardinals.

A year ago, the six-foot-10 center was rumored to be transferring only to be reeled back in by Co and his coaching staff. “Nauulit-ulit lang. Dati, ang sinasabi, ayaw niya maglaro sa akin tapos ngayon naman, ang ginagawang dahilan ay uuwi ng Nigeria,” the coach said.

He then continued, “Unang-una, tatanungin ko, bakit ba siya nandito? Dahil mahirap ang buhay nila sa Nigeria. Kaya sila pumunta rito para sa good future. Ngayon, sasabihin mo, uuwi ka ng Nigeria? Parang walang katotohanan.”

The Mapua mentor then went on to say that he knows exactly what will happen once Oraeme goes back home. “Tapos ang gagawin niya, babalik siya ulit dito tapos sasabihin, wala kasing ginagawa sa Nigeria. Ang ‘di nila naiintindihan, bago siya makalaro sa ibang school, kailangang hihingi muna ng clearance ko,” he said.

And of course, the always fiery Co was having none of it. Asked if he had granted the Nigerian a release, he said, quite emphatically in doing so, “Hindi! Ba’t ko ibibigay?”

He then continued, “Kapag umuwi siya, I will see to it na ‘di na siya makakabalik ng Pilipinas. Umuwi siya kung umuwi (ng Nigeria), pero pipilitin ko sa aking mumunting paraan, ‘di siya makakabalik dito.”

Asked about the development, assistant coach Randy Alcantara said, for his part, "Ang masasabi ko lang, one week na siyang 'di uma-attend ng practice."

ABS-CBN Sports tried to contact with Oraeme, but he is yet to respond.

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