‘Dropped player has to work way up’

DESPITE his frustration and disappointments on the on-court and off-court attitude of Jeffakins Aguara, University of the Visayas Green Lancers team manager and Rep. Gerald Anthonoy “Samsam” Gullas Jr. (Cebu Province, first district) is giving the Nigerian import a chance to prove his worth for the team.

The youthful Gullas told sports reporters at the press conference yesterday that he is giving Aguara an option to prove himself worthy to wear the Lancers uniform.

“Aguara sent me a letter (early this week) in response to my earlier decision. He was asking apology and promised to be a better player. However, that did not exonerate him from his mistake, definitely he is out of the Team A. We have dropped him from the team, but if he wants to stay, he must prove himself worthy to become a member of the Lancers. He will be relegated to the Team B and work his way up from there,” Gullas explained.

Like Cameroonian Steve Cedrick Akomo, who was dropped from the Team A rooster, Aguara needed to wake up early to join the 4-6 a.m. training sessions of the Team B players.

However, the young Gullas was not convinced on Aguara’s sincerity during their meeting two days ago.

“I thought that he would be apologetic and courteous (judging from what Aguara said on his letter). Instead, he told me that his teammates doesn’t want him because he ate up their playing time and that he had hard time playing/guarding against two imports in the entire campaign of the Lancers (this season). Majority of the players don’t want him also, they wanted him out, because of his bossy attitude. For the benefit of the team, I had to drop him from the roster. If he wanted to stay, he need to work for that slot again,” Gullas stressed.

Gullas said the semifinal near fist-fight between Aguara and Francisco Arong against USC last Sept. 16 was the summation of all the local players’ frustration and disappointment with the Nigerian reinforcement.

Gullas also admitted that they had already decided to send Aguara home, but because of his apology letter, UV is giving him the options to stay or to leave.

For now, UV is hoping the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) will allow them to replace Aguara with Akomo.
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