CEBU CITY – Ousted University of the Visayas import Jeffakins Aguara expressed dismay over sentiments expressed against him by former teammates that led to his ouster from the Green Lancers’ camp.
In a talk with Spin.ph, Aguara admitted getting hurt by the statements made against him by his former colleagues which he said caught him by surprise.
“Yeah, I’m so surprised. Never believed all this that while we've been playing and laughing, they had bad intentions and thoughts toward me,” said the 20-year old Nigerian, who was brought in shortly before the start of the season to help the team defend its title following the departure of former import Mike Nzuesseu and the demotion of 6-foot-7 Steke Akomo to Team B.
On Thursday, UV team manager and assistant vice president Gerald Anthony Gullas upheld his earlier decision to kick Aguara out of the squad after the Nigerian’s on-court scuffle with teammate Franz Arong late in the Lancers’ 67-61 semifinal loss to the University of San Carlos Warriors in the Cebu Schools Athletics Federation Inc. (Cesafi).
Arong was suspended for the remainder of the season.
But further investigation by Gullas from consultations with players and coaches revealed Aguara’s other indiscretions, leading the young congressman to throw the import out of the team.
Aguara admitted he had his shortcomings especially after failing to bring the title back to the most successful team in the history of Cesafi history.
But he reiterated basketball is a team sport and that he needed help.
“I didn't bring back championship and I accept that. But it is a team sport. I can't do it all alone. God knows I did my best,” Aguara added.
Though Aguara said he doesn’t know what his next step would be, all is not lost for him and his basketball career.
“It is not the end of the word. I’m still young and I got my talent and I can work real hard. I don't beg to play. My hard work will surely pay off and put me in a better situation. I leave it all to God. It’s not over until it’s over,” he said.