UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas coach Boy Sablan is considering filing an appeal after the UAAP eligibility committee decision barring Tigers import Steve Akomo from playing in Season 80.
A source said the eligibility committee used the two-year residency period spent by Ben Mbala at La Salle as basis for recommending Akomo to be declared ineligible since the latter has been with the Growling Tigers for only a year.
But Sablan said that should be enough, since UST’s former import Karim Abdul also spent one year in residency with the Tigers before suiting up in the UAAP.
"Baka a-appeal kami kasi I was there with Karim," said Sablan.
Sablan insisted he knows the UAAP rules that covers Akomo since he himself enrolled Abdul in a high school in Cogeo. The Cameroonian later transferred to UST, underwent a one-year residency, before playing for the Growling Tigers.
Sablan noted Akomo had played three years in Cebu before the one-year residency at UST.
Mbala also played in Cebu, playing for Southwestern University in 2012 before moving to La Salle the next year and spending two seasons in residency. However, Mbala was able to suit up in the UAAP only in Season 79 after a one-year delay due to a ban for playing in a league in General Santos City, which is against the UAAP rules for players in residency.
"What's the difference between Akomo and Abdul?... On the following year (after high school), UST na 'yung school, parehong one year (residency). Nakalaro si Karim. Bakit si Akomo hindi? So ano 'yung rules," said Sablan.
"Let's go back to that rule. 'Yun lang ang intindi ko na bakit eto (Akomo), hindi makakalaro. Hindi ko alam 'yung basis nila. Sa akin, si Abdul nakalaro. Mas mahaba pa nga (Akomo residency)," Sablan said.