DLSU’s Mbala, Ateneo’s Cani ruled out of UAAP 78

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 17, 2015 07:50 PM
DLSU’s Mbala, Ateneo’s Cani ruled out of UAAP 78
NO GO. Ben Mbala will not be playing for DLSU in UAAP Season 78.

The UAAP’s pre-eminent rivals will have to wait out another year before two much-needed additions to their lineups will be allowed to play.

The league board in their eligibility meeting on Monday at the University of the Philippines decided that both Ben Mbala and Hubert Cani will have to sit out one more season before being allowed join De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University, respectively.

UAAP secretary-general Ronnie Dizer confirmed the board decisions to ABS-CBN Sports.

Mbala lost the chance to formally become a Green Archer when he played in a commercial league in General Santos City early this year. League rules disallows its athletes from taking part in commercial leagues unless it is for their school.

The transferee from Southwestern University was on his way to completing his two-year residency before the violation occurred. Mbala was looked upon to cover for the loss of Norbert Torres (graduation) and Arnold Van Opstal (injury).

Cani’s case has more to do with timing because the former Nazareth School of National University standout transferred to Katipunan before the Student-Athletes Bill became law. Sen. Pia Cayetano’s legislation prohibits athletic institutions from imposing any residency rule on recruits.

However, the league board decided that the newly-passed law does not work retroactively and as such, does not cover the Blue Eagle. Cani was expected to share point guard duties with another transferee in Jerie Pingoy.

Meanwhile, University of the East also took another blow to its roster after the UAAP decided that Dan Alberto has already used all his playing years. Alberto’s loss follows the exodus of Red Warriors Roi Sumang, Charles Mammie, Gino Jumao-as, and Mustapha Arafat.

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