UNIVERSITY of the East is trying to determine whether Charles Mammie is still eligible to play for the Red Warriors next season, seeking to obtain a few of his records from his home country.
The big problem is that with Sierra Leone being one of the hardest hit countries of the dreaded Ebola virus, UE is hesitant to even attempt to have Mammie’s documents shipped to the Philippines.
The Philippine government is on red alert on the possible entry of the Ebola virus in the country’s shores. A group of Filipino peacekeepers from Africa were recently quarantined in Kabayo Island as a precaution, although none tested positive of Ebola.
UE athletic director Rod Roque said the school is not even trying for now to put any effort in getting Mammie’s documents from Sierra Leone due to the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands including, according to Roque, Mammie’s relatives.
“Kukunin sana namin ‘yung record niya sa Sierra Leone. Kaso hardest hit ’yun ng Ebola. We don’t want to receive any package from them. Eh nandoon ’yung papeles niya. We need the hard copy,” said Roque.
Roque didn’t go into the specifics of what the school is trying to determine about Mammie, a transferee from Arellano. The UE athletic director only hinted it is related to when the player graduated from high school, because there is a UAAP rule that an athlete must play within a seven-year period from the date of graduation.
“Pinapa-interpret namin if it is the date of graduation or date na nag-transfer siya. Only they can answer that. Para siguro, kailangan sa kanila galing para ma-clarify ’yung question na ’yun,” said Roque,
UE has also asked Mammie to not even try to go home to his parents in Sierra Leone.
“Hindi nga namin pinayagang umuwi. May mga relatives siya na namatay sa Ebola. Sabi namin sa kanya, ’kapag umuwi ka, huwag ka na bumalik,’” said Roque.