NATIONAL University athletic director Junel Baculi said on Friday the papers of African import Alfred Aroga are in order making him eligible to play for the coming UAAP season.
Baculi confirmed to Spin.ph there are questions regarding the eligibility of Aroga – along with two other import players – reason why an emergency board meeting will be held hours before the opening ceremony of Season 76 kicks off Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Baculi, however, said he doesn’t know exactly what the questions are with regards to the Cameroonian’s status.
“I just got a feedback that they are questioning,” Baculi said. “I don’t know what.”
The NU official said Aroga is eligible to play as they have already scrutinized his documents. In fact, the school even asked Aroga’s birth certificate to be translated by proper authorities since it is written in French.
“Pina-translate namin sa French embassy kasi ‘yung birth certificate ni Alfred Aroga is in French. Noong na-translate, pina-red ribbon namin so okay na ‘yun.
“Are they questioning the French embassy? I don’t know,” said Baculi, who is also the head coach of Globalport in the PBA.
Also expected to be questioned are Charles Mammie of University of the East and Ingrid Sewa of Adamson.
UE coach Boycie Zamar said he doesn’t have exact information in relation to the eligibility of Mammie, an import from Sierra Leone. However, Zamar said he will let UE’s board representatives to the UAAP handle the situation.
“They will take care of that. Basta nag-submit sila ng papeles. I take care of what happens on the court,” said Zamar, whose team will play Far Eastern University in the opener.
Adamson coach Leo Austria could not be reached for comment as of post time.