WILL defending three-time champion Ateneo be allowed by the UAAP to play with two foreign players if and when Angelo Kouame becomes a naturalized Filipino?
That is hanging in the air, for now, according to UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag.
“Actually, siguro disclaimer lang kasi hindi pa ito hinog. Wala pa namang nag-raise ng issue and I’m not sure if na-grant na (Kouame’s naturalization). What makes the situation of Mr. Kouame different, if granted, is it’s an act of Congress,” Saguisag said on Radyo5 92.3 News FM’s Power and Play program hosted by former PBA commissioner Noli Eala.
“As opposed to the other types of re-acquisition of citizenship, and or even naturalization na judicial or administrative na medyo mas stringent ang requirements,” he added.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman and Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara filed last Oct. 22 Senate Bill 1892 seeking to grant Philippine citizenship to the 6-foot-10 Kouame, a native of Ivory Coast.
The Blue Eagles’ prized big man was included in the 16-man Gilas Pilpinas national team training pool for the November window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain to be played in a bubble but was eventually cut.