MANILA, Philippines – After being initially deemed ineligible to suit up for their respective schools, Steve Akomo of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers and Ibrahim Ouattara of the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons were given the green light to play in the UAAP Season 80 which tips off tomorrow, Saturday, September 9.
The UAAP Board of Trustees (BOT) reached the decision to allow the big men to play with the approval of their one-year residency.
The development was confirmed by a league source to Rappler on Friday, September 8.
Akomo, a transferee from CESAFI, and Ouattara, a 6-foot-9 reinforcement from Mali, made news earlier in the week when they were tagged as ineligible for not completing the foreign student-athlete residency rule.
Akomo and Ouattara will now face each other when UST and UP first square off on Sunday, September 10 at 2 pm.
UP’s Rob Ricafort, however, was still said to be ineligible due to age requirements. – With reports from Beatrice Go/Rappler.com
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