HOST University of the East and National University will be fielding two foreign players each in Season 77 even as the UAAP is taking steps to stop the practice in the collegiate basketball league.
Spin.ph learned that the Red Warriors have Sierra Leonean Charles Mammie and Cameroonian Moustaph Arafat in their provisional roster in a bid to return to the Final Four this season.
Meanwhile, Cameroonians Alfred Aroga and Henri Betayene also made it to the lineup of the Bulldogs in their first year after Bobby Ray Parks finished his college career with the school.
Both UE and NU exercised the UAAP rule that allows teams to have two foreigners in the roster. They, however, can only play one at a time.
As it is, the UAAP plans to limit the number of foreign student athletes from two to one as early as possible before eventually disallowing their recruitment.
However, the rule will not be in play in Season 77.
“Pinagbigyan, kasi parang biglaan (kung this season, i-impose),” said a person familiar with the situation.
UE coach Derrick Pumaren earlier lamented that limiting the number of foreign athletes from two to one this season will be unfair to players who, like Arafat, have already completed residency.
“The (school) presidents want it to be cut or actually taken out. Pero kung tutuusin, kawawa naman ‘yung may tatlo or may dalawang foreigners,” said the source.
Aroga was supposed to be part of NU's lineup last season but was a late scratch due to problems with his papers. Betayene, on the other hand, returns to the Bulldogs after sitting out last season.
Mammie will enter his second season with the Red Warriors while Arafat is coming off residency.