Are the Knights really All-Filipino champs? ‘Kausapin nila ako ng Waray,’ Apreku says

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 10, 2015 07:07 PM
Are the Knights really All-Filipino champs?
PINOY PRIDE. Felix Apreku and the rest of Letran are proud that they won the title with not one foreign player on their roster.

By the end of the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Colegio de San Juan de Letran ended a decade-long title drought in Intramuros while also ending the five-year reign of Mendiola.

As a bonus, albeit unofficial, accomplishment, the Intramuros faithful also billed their Knights to be “All-Filipino Champions” – blowing the horn on their roster that does not have any foreign player.

A look at their championship lineup reveals that the claim holds water with eight players from Metro Manila, two players each from Batangas and Cagayan de Oro, and one player each from Cebu, Negros Occidental, and Samar.

Still, one question remains for those who still doubt the Knights: Isn’t Felix Apreku a foreign player?

ABS-CBN Sports caught up with the forward and asked him regarding the matter. After a few moments laughing, the Letran player in question simply said, “Gusto nila, kausapin nila ako ng Waray.”

Sharing his very, very unique background, Apreku said that while his father is Ghanaian, his mother is pure Filipino. He was born in Israel then spent his childhood in Northern Samar before he and his family relocated to Cavite around eight years ago.

His time enrolled in PCU-HS in Dasmarinas, Cavite was when the Filipino-Ghanaian said he found basketball. “Nung una, football sport ko. Pero nung naglalaro na ako ng basketball sa intrams, na-feel ko mas masarap at mas intense,” he said.

Even if he’s fully-capable in proving his Filipino blood, Apreku said he understands that there are people who would go out of their way to discredit what he and the Knights have accomplished. “Wala na akong magagawa sa kanila. Parang nagiging dahilan na lang nila yun kasi ‘di siguro sila makapaniwala na kami nag-champion,” he said.

He also added, “Basta kami, proud talaga kami kasi ‘di kami umasa sa malalaki na import.”

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