SBP seeks change in Fiba Asia Champions Cup eligibility rules

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments “The SBP is one with them [Fiba] [in strengthening the Champions Cup] but they must adjust the eligibility rules in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup.” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio marched to Thailand during the Fiba Asia Champions Cup with a directive in mind, and that was to create change.Panlilio wasn’t pleased when Fiba ruled Meralco forwards Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge as non-Filipinos for the continental club tournament despite the two being ruled as locals in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UAAP: Ateneo destroys UST for fourth straight win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES That, however, may change for the next editions of the Champions Cup after Panlilio talked with Fiba Executive Director-Asia Hagop Khajiran during the halftime break between the Bolts and Alvark Tokyo in changing the policy regarding Filipino-foreign players.“Mission accomplished, that was the objective in coming over,” said Panlilio in a statement sent to the media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPanlilio said he advised Meralco team managed Paolo Trillo to talk to Hagop about changing the eligibility rules in the Champions Cup regarding players with mix heritage but the Fiba official did not make an attempt to talk to Fiba administrator Zoran Radovic to discuss the SBP’s suggestion.“The SBP just wants to be fair to the future teams who will represent the country, we must protect the interest of the club teams and the Filipino basketball fans in general,” added Panlilio. “We take our basketball seriously and it is the federation’s responsibility to compete with the best possible roster and have a chance to win.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Panlilio said the Champions Cup, which is a club tournament, should have different eligibility rules with the country competitions of Fiba.The PBA rules any player with a Filipino blood as a local while Fiba, especially in country competitions, has stricter regulations on players with dual bloodlines.Fiba requires players, in the case of Filipino-foreign athletes, to have Philippine passport issued to them before they reach 16-years-old.Panlilio said with PBA teams having several Filipino-foreign players in their roster who didn’t get PH passports before 16, Fiba needs to have looser eligibility requirements if they want the Philippine teams to compete in the Champions Cup.“If Hagop’s stance is firm, then in the future no PBA team will be able to represent the Philippines in the Fiba Asian Champions Cup because almost all the teams have similar cases as Newsome and Hodge,” said Panlilio. “It is just counter-productive for club teams.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Cranes fall to South Africa, COSAFA dream put to bed

first_imgUganda Cranes’ Dan Sserunkuma (R) tries to get past a South African defender on Tuesday. (PHOTO/AGENCY)COSAFA Cup 2019-Plate Semi final South Africa 1(4)-1(2) UgandaPrinces Magogo Stadiam, Durban Tuesday, 04-06-2019The Uganda Cranes team currently in South Africa were dumped out of the COSAFA Cup on Tuesday afternoon.Having lost to Lesotho on Saturday and dropped to the Plate competition, Abdallah Mubiru’s side were once again on the losing end as hosts, South Africa defeated them 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in normal time.After a goalless first 45 minutes, the Cranes took the lead thanks to 2017/18 StarTimes Uganda Premier top scorer Dan Sserunkuma.The hosts would however equalize 18 minutes to the end through Luther Singh to send the game into sudden death.Like it was the case on Saturday, the Cranes once again failed to convert most of their penalties as South Africa progressed to the Plate finals.Uganda started the game strongly, looking dangerous especially when going forward.Inside the opening 7 minutes, Mustapha Kizza sent a low cross into the area but Sserunkuma could not connect with it, as the forward arrived late.Two minutes later, South Africa were forced into an early substitution as Jamie Webber replaced the injured Sam Bongani.It was all Uganda in the first 10 minutes. Sserunkuma played-in Juma Balinya but the Police FC forward could not find the back of the net despite standing a few yards away from the goal-line.After the early scare, Bafana Bafana started growing into the game and on 17 minutes, they hit the cross bar through Keanu Cupido.At the half hour mark, Nicholas Kasozi tried his luck from distance but his effort went wide of the target.At the end of the opening half, Uganda were looking the better side but still lacked the cutting edge infront of goal.At the start of the second half, Allan Kayiwa was introduced in place of Michael Birungi as the Cranes searched for the opening goal.It would eventually come two minutes after the restart through Sserunkuma who had looked dangerous all day long.Uganda got two chances in quick succession, to double their lead but it was not to be. First Balinya saw a shot pushed out for a corner by the Bafana Bafana custodian before Isaac Isinde’s goal bound header, from the resultant kick, was saved comfortably.Twenty nine (29) minutes before the end, Balinya wasted Uganda’s best chance to seal the game as he rounded the goal keeper but could only find the side net with his effort.Sensing that the game may be slipping out of their hands, South Africa went onto the offensive.After two near-misses, the host would eventually pull level. Singh shot powerfully from a narrow angle and managed to beat Charles Lukwago in the Cranes goal to level the scores at 1-1.In response, Bright Anukani was introduced in place of Balinya as the Cranes went in search of a second goal.However, it was South Africa who nearly won it at the death but Lukwago produced a stunning souble save to ensure the game heads into the shoot-outs.In the penalties, Mustapha Kizza and KCCA FC teammate Muzamir Mutyaba missed their kicks with only Shafick Kagimu and Nicholas Kasozi converting for Uganda.On the other side, South Africa converted all their first four kicks to win the contest 4-2.The result means South Africa reach the final of the 2019 COSAFA Cup-Plate while Uganda will have to pack their bags and head home.Uganda Cranes starting XI vs South AfricaCharles Lukwago (G.K), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Isaac Isinde (cpt), Nicholas Kasozi, Michael Birungi, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shafik Kagimu, Dan Sserunkuma, Juma Balinya.Comments Tags: COSAFA 2019topUganda Craneslast_img read more