UP cager Rob Ricafort grateful for support, plans to keep fighting for UAAP eligibility in Season 80
Rob Ricafort is not quitting on his fight to play for UP just yet in Season 80. Dante Peralta

ROB Ricafort said the University of the Philippines plans to make another appeal on his case after he was declared ineligible to play in Season 80 by the UAAP board.

Ricafort said he will meet with the UP officials on their next step on Monday for another attempt to see action this season.

"Actually, we are still going to have that meeting (Monday) with the UP people that will help me," said Ricafort.

"I won't quit. I think I worked so hard to quit," he said.

Ricafort was declared ineligible by a technicality in which he will turn 25 on January 28. UAAP rules said an athlete must not turn 25 within the season regardless of what semester.

"I'm 24 now until January 28. Tapos na basketball season. But that they are saying, it still applies to me dahil sa buong season 'yun including the second semester like volleyball," said Ricafort.

The 24-year-old cager admitted he still feels bad about the decision since he was already set on playing for only one season after UP coach Bo Perasol recruited him.

"I'm grateful that he gave me a chance to play that is why it is so heartbreaking to be honest na biglang they take it away like that," said Ricafort, who still joins the team's practices despite the decision.

Ricafort, however, felt blessed to have gained the support of many people including his brother-in-law and PBA and Gilas Pilipinas great Jimmy Alapag.

"Honestly, it's been hell emotionally and mentally but I've been trying to cope with it. I didn't know I'll be getting so much support in social media. It's crazy. It's overwhelming. I'm humbled by the support especially the UP community, my coaches, and my team. I'm still part of the team, according to them so we are going to keep on fighting," said Ricafort.

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