CEBU CITY – The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. board has upheld the decision of league commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy allowing American import Bendly Valdor to play for Southwestern University this season.
“After careful review, reflection and deliberation, the Cesafi Board has determined that the decision of the Commissioner to allow Bendly Valdor to replace Justin Aboude in the Cesafi 2014 basketball tournament is justified,” the Cesafi board said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
University of San Carlos filed a protest saying Valdor, from Deerfield Beach High School in Florida, should not have been allowed to play because he was included in the SWU lineup long after the screening of athletes.
Valdor was tapped to replace Justin Aboude, who was recently diagnosed with coronary artery disease. The 6-foot-2 wingman was brought in just last week and on Friday was given clearance to play by the Cesafi commissioner’s office.
In a letter sent to all the participating schools last week, Tiukinhoy cited “humanitarian reasons” and the “spirit of sportsmanship” in allowing Valdor to play.
Valdor, who traces his roots to Haiti, is set to see action on Thursday when the Cobras seek their second win of the season, as they face off against the surprising Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats0.
CIT-U is riding high on the momentum of their 67-60 victory over the University of the Visayas on Sunday, their first over the Green Lancers in the 14-year history of the league.
Though he went scoreless in his first game against the University of San Carlos, Valdor’s teammates believe it is only a matter of time before Cebuano fans get to see his true potential.
“He’s going to be unstoppable. He flew in just last week and had only a couple of practices before playing against USC. He’s going to be very hard to guard. He’s the best import not just in Cebu but in the country,” boldly said SWU’s Cameroonian import Landry Sanjo.