NATIONAL University has officially withdrawn Alfred Aroga from its lineup this season due to lack of residency, leaving the Bulldogs without a key piece in their quest to end a long UAAP title drought.
The Bulldogs made the move after the UAAP eligibility committee said Aroga's passport showed the Cameroonian arrived in the country in September 2011 and therefore could not have completed the two-year residency required of foreign student athletes in the league.
Eligibility committee head Edwin Reyes said NU willingly withdrew Aroga after determining that his residency period wasn’t enough.
“They showed us the copy of the passport. When we said na kulang, they withdrew,” Reyes said.
Reyes also added that they have also cleared Charles Mammie of University of the East and Ingrid Sewa of Adamson to play this season.
Reyes said Mammie has completed his documents, while Sewa is still required to submit an authenticated birth certificate from Cameroon.
The league had allowed NU and Adamson to play Aroga and Sewa, respectively, in the first round of the eliminations on the condition that won games will be forfeited if it was found either was ineligible this season.
The Bulldogs, however, did not take the risk and benched Aroga during their opening win over Ateneo.
Prior to the withdrawal of Aroga, there had been reports some schools have proof the Cameroonian did not complete the two-year residency required of foreign players in the country's premier college league.