Mbala skipping Cameroon’s qualifiers, says DLSU his priority
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 03, 2017 03:38 PM
GREENER PASTURES. Ben Mbala is staying put with DLSU as they go all-out to defend their title.
Ben Mbala was mentioned by FIBA as a “key name” in Cameroon’s campaign in the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers.
However, the 23-year-old will not be suiting up for that tournament from November 24 to 26.
Instead, his focus remains on De La Salle University and their bid for back-to-back championships in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. “Sadly, I won’t be suiting up for my country because my main priority is DLSU now,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.
The UAAP Season 80 will be well approaching its climax by the time of the African Qualifiers. In fact, Game 1 of the Finals is slated for November 25.
As it stands, the Green Archers and archrival Ateneo de Manila University are the top two teams in the tournament.
And so, the reigning and defending MVP will be with DLSU – whether or not they remain on course for a collision with the Blue Eagles in the championship round.
That means that Cameroon will be missing its key cog who had a starmaking stint in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket with averages of 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds through his country's quarterfinals finish.
In the African Qualifiers, Cameroon will compete with Guinea and Tunisia in Group A.
The top two teams from all four groups will then move on to the next round.
If his country makes it then, Mbala says he will consider wearing the flag once more. “In case of qualification, then maybe I will be joining the national team,” he said.
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