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    Residency issue threatens to ground NU's Aroga for entire UAAP season

    Jul 5, 2013
    Sources say NU's Alred Aroga is facing the possibility of being declared ineligible for this season for failing to meet the two-year residency requirement for foreign players. Jerome Ascano

    THE UAAP eligibility committee is set to convene on Saturday to once again tackle the status of three foreign players, including Alfred Aroga of National University, and hopefully come up with a final ruling.

    The meeting is expected to determine with finality whether Aroga, along with Charles Mammie of University of the East and Ingrid Sewa of Adamson, will be allowed to play this season based on the eligibility documents the school submitted to the league.

    Mammie had earlier been cleared by the league to play following an emergency board meeting hours before the opening game of Season 76 last week. But a source told Spin.ph the eligibility committee wants to check on his documents again.

    NU and Adamson were allowed to play Aroga and Sewa in the first round of the eliminations, but at the risk of forfeiting won games where they played if the two failed to show additional proof of their eligibility.

    However, another highly-placed source said Aroga is facing the possibility of being declared ineligible for this season for failing to meet the two-year residency requirement on foreign players, putting the Cameroonian in danger of failing to get the nod of the eligibility committee.

    “The African players know each other,” said the source. “They know that Aroga came here late.”

    Aroga didn’t suit up in the Bulldogs’ opening game against Ateneo Sunday even though the board had given him the green light to play at least for the first round of competitions.

    NU coach Eric Altamirano had said management will be giving additional documents to prove Aroga is eligible to play this season.

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    “The board asked for further requirements aside from the requirements that we already gave them (board),” he said.

    The Bulldogs will have a 4 p.m. game on Saturday against University of the East at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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    Sources say NU's Alred Aroga is facing the possibility of being declared ineligible for this season for failing to meet the two-year residency requirement for foreign players. Jerome Ascano
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