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Mbala’s transfer to DLSU has full support of SWU

/ 06:54 AM January 27, 2013

DESPITE all the intrigues, Southwestern University star Ben Mbala, has, after all, the full blessing of the school in his impending transfer to the La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP.

This was confirmed by no less than the school’s Chairman of the Board, Maris Aznar Holopainen in a statement yesterday evening.

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Though the move remains on an unofficial status pending the Cameroonian’s enrollment this May, Holopainen regardless, displayed her full support to Mbala, even if it meant losing the team’s brightest star, one that brought the Cobras their first and only title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)

“At this stage, Benoit’s transfer is yet unofficial as our school year is still ongoing and La Salle’s enrollment processes need to be completed. However, we confirm that if indeed he does move, it is with our full support. It is our belief that we – school owners, administrators, and coaching staff – even in our zeal to win championships and titles, should not forget that the ultimate goal of our educational establishment is to provide the best opportunities for our students,” said the affable chairperson, a normal fixture at SWU’s games.

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Holopainen stated that it was in Mbala’s best interest to move to La Salle and that he will always be a part of the Cobras’ family even when he is already donning a green and white jersey.

“In the case of Ben, we feel that his possible move to one of the foremost universities in the Philippines – both in terms of excellent academic offering and a world class sports program – is the best opportunity for him at this stage.”

“The SWU community will of course be sad to see him leave. He knows that wherever he goes, he will always be part of the Cobra family. We are sure that the Cobras will always be part of his family too and that the CESAFI 2012 title will remain memorable to him. We are extremely proud of Ben and he will continue to be an ambassador for SWU’s good name. He will be our Green Cobra,” continued Holopainen.

Mbala’s departure casts a big hole in the Cobras’ title defense next season. But Holopainen assured the team and the school’s supporters that they will exhaust every opportunity to make the team ready for another banner year.

“We assure the Cobras’ supporters and fans that the team will continue to make you proud and that training is in full swing for next school year. Despite Ben’s possible departure, the Cobras is still setting its sights on a repeat championship year.” /correspondent Jonas Panerio

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