UAAP allows UST’s Akomo and UP’s Outtara to play
APPROVED. Steve Akomo and Ibrahim Outtara will, with finality, play in UAAP Season 80.
University of Sto. Tomas and University of the Philippines will both have the men in the middle they have long been readying to bang with the big boys of the other teams.
Growling Tiger Steve Akomo and Fighting Maroon Ibrahim Outtara were, with finality, declared eligible to play in the oncoming UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The league’s Board of Trustees (BoT), the official policy-making body made up of the presidents of all-member schools, ruled such in a meeting last Thursday in Far Eastern University.
Earlier, the eligibility committee recommended Akomo and Outtara for ineligibility, stating that they are yet to complete the two-year residency for foreign student-athletes.
The BoT, however, decided against the recommendation “in the interest of justice and fairness,” as UP’s statement put it.
For UST, Akomo represents a long-awaited replacement for Cameroonian Karim Abdul while for UP, Ouattara stands as a much-needed inside presence.
Both will be looked upon to wrestle with the likes of Ben Mbala of De La Salle University, Prince Orizu of Far Eastern University, and Papi Sarr of Adamson University.
Akomo, a 6-foot-9 Cameroonian, and Outtara, a 6-foot-9 Malinese, will be making their debuts up against each other on Sunday when UST and UP wage war.
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