Mbala on La Salle departure: ‘It’s final’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor La Salle big man Ben Mbala, it was time to move up the ranks.Speaking for the first time since announcing his decision to turn pro in Mexico, the Cameroonian center believes that it’s just the right time for him to leave the confines of Taft.ADVERTISEMENT 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 “It all started when my last year was not really sure. With the rules that have been coming out, I had to talk to my family and the people at school. I felt that it’s time for me to get to the next level instead of wasting one year not doing anything. I decided to try my luck in the pro league and see how it goes,” said the 6-foot-8 slotman.And so far, Mbala is having a blast as he now gets to showcase his talents on a professional level in Mexico.“Everything is going fine. The guys really welcomed me the right way and they are very understanding patient with me, especially I’m the new face. They are giving me a lot of advice,” he said.Mbala, however, isn’t ruling out a possible return to the Philippines somewhere along the way, may it be for a vacation or as an import.“Why not? I love the Philippines,” he said. “It’s not like I’m leaving the Philippines forever. I will visit from time to time. If I get an offer to play in the Philippines, why not? I’ll grab it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s final,” he said in an interview with Sports Desk. “I feel like it’s time to get to the next level. It’s been a long time for me in college and I feel like it’s time for another level.”Mbala admitted that it was a hard decision for him to part ways with the Green Archers, which have been his family for the better part of the last five years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“La Salle is like a family,” he said. “They’ve been there for me since day one when I wasn’t playing. Even when I got suspended, they still got my back. Leaving La Salle is really hard, but I know the people there understood. I know my teammates, coaches, and management will understand and support me.”But the turn of events over the past year, especially the doubts that surrounded his eligibility for UAAP Season 81, made sense for Mbala to accept the job in Mexico with Fuerza Regia as he will now be a reinforcement for the squad in top-tier Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional. MVP chants as Beasley scores 32 to lead Knicks past Celtics Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

I’m staying in England, says departing Toure

first_img0Shares0000Yaya Toure set to exit England. Photo/TEAMTALKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Yaya Toure has revealed that he plans to stay in England following his departure from Manchester City at the end of the season, while his agent said he is “desperate” to stay in the Premier League.Toure, 34, has spent eight years at City, winning three Premier League titles and scoring 62 league goals in 229 appearances to date. A move to another English club could well see Toure line up against City, but according to the BBC, the midfielder has suggested he would have no qualms with that.“Yes. Definitely,” he reportedly said when asked if he was staying in England.“I love the challenge and the difficulty. Some fans were asking ‘are you retiring?’ I said no. I have, maybe, two more years at a high level.”Toure has the backing of City manager Pep Guardiola, who according to Goal said: “I am not the right guy to say to him what is the best. He will choose.”When Guardiola was asked whether or not Toure could still contribute in the Premier League, he said: “Yeah, he can.”Meanwhile, Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, revealed to Sky Sports News that Toure would be willing to pay back half his wages should his new club find his performances unsatisfactory.“Yaya is fit and desperate to prove he’s still the best central midfielder in the Premier League,” he said.“He’s happy to accept a one-year deal to stay in England. And if his club are not satisfied with his performances, he will pay back half his wages, or the club can cancel his contract immediately, with no compensation.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more