Filipino food is another battle for Perpetual’s Akhuetie

Tricia Robredo on Jul 03, 2015 12:04 PM
Filipino food is another battle for Perpetual’s Akhuetie
SUPER FOOD. Nigerian Bright Akhuetie is a huge fan of kaldereta and kambing. Gathering from that, his favorite Filipino food is, of course, kalderetang kambing.

Nigerian reinforcement Bright Akhuetie visibly struggled in his NCAA debut with the University of Perpetual Help Altas last Tuesday, but more than adjusting to the physicality of the league, he shares that he’s still in the process of adapting to life in the Philippines.

Bright found his way to the country two years ago when he was looking for opportunities to study and play basketball at the same time. After hearing about what our local collegiate programs had to offer, he bought in to the idea of migrating to a foreign land to take a chance on fulfilling his ambitions.

Looking back, he doesn’t regret making that bold and risky decision as he told ABS-CBN Sports, "We’re all like a family (in Perpetual). People have been nice and good, so it still feels like home." Of course, Bright misses his native country, but with the very hospitable environment he finds himself in, he’s happy where he is.

Resiliency is one of the traits the Altas’ big man has learned and developed throughout his stay, but if there’s anything in particular he hasn’t come to terms with yet, it would have to be Filipino food. "What we have here is different. My stomach is very selective, that’s why I’m very picky with the food I eat. So if not kaldereta, I eat kambing and curry," he said.

Apart from his nourishment woes, Akhuetie admits to feeling a little overwhelmed with the responsibilities of being a student-athlete, especially now that school coincides with their season. "You need to play to study and you need to keep your grades up so that you can play. It’s very difficult," he shared.

With training in the morning and classes in the afternoon, the Marketing major barely has time for anything else. When he does, he uses it for rest or extra work and it seems like it’s going to be that way for quite a long time.

The Perpetual Altas, which placed fourth last season, are hoping to see an improvement in performance and standing. Head coach Aric Del Rosario is even dreaming of snagging the crown. As such, Bright Akhuetie needs to focus and work double time to contribute to the campaign and show how much of a valuable asset he truly is.

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