CEBU CITY – Southwestern University will not have its best player around when it defends its Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) men’s basketball title next season.
Landry Sanjo, the dominant Cameroonian who powered the Cobras to the Cesafi championship this year, is ineligible to play for the school next year owing to academic deficiencies.
The stunning development was confirmed by no less than head coach Raul ‘Yayoy’ Alcoseba, athletic director Ryan Aznar, and was not denied by Sanjo himself.
Aznar, the longtime head of the school’s athletic department, divulged that Sanjo fell short of the required academic grade and hence, will be ineligible to play for next season.
Alcoseba said youngster Mupungu Aigle Boko will take over the place of Sanjo.
“As of now, yes it will be (Mupungu) Boko,” said Alcoseba in a brief talk with Spin.ph.
Boko is a 6-foot-8 forward from the Republic of Congo who has been training with the Cobras for over a year now.
SWU assistant coach Rocky Alcoseba, the man primarily tasked to hone the skills of the import, said the Cobras welcomed the entry of Boko, whose vast array of skills include the ‘Boko Shake,’ a variation of the ‘Dream Shake’ popularized by NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon.
“Although the other imports have experience, I think (Mupungu) Boko can hold his own,” said the younger Alcoseba.
Although Sanjo admitted he’ll no longer play for the Cobras, he refuted reports it had something to do with academics.
He said the decision to leave SWU came when school management did not allow him to go home for the holidays.
“I’m not playing anymore but I’m still in Cebu. I wanted to go home for a vacation but they won’t let me. That got me mad, that’s why I stopped, but I’m still in Cebu doing some paper works,” Sanjo stressed.
The parting of ways put to an end what had been a fruitful partnership between the two parties which began two years ago when Sanjo came in to replace big man Ben Mbala following his transfer to De La Salle.
Although the Cobras fell short of winning the Cesafi title in 2013, they bounced back in a huge way this season by finally clinching the championship and then adding the Asian University Basketball Championship crown by beating University of San Carlos.
Sanjo added he is currently entertaining a lot of offers but is keen on playing professional basketball in Italy.