MANILA, Philippines– The measure that seeks to give Philippine citizenship to Ateneo de Manila University center Ange Kouame hurdled its second reading on Tuesday.

This brings Home Bill No. 8632 one action better towards getting a nod from your home of Representatives, according to its primary author, Deputy Speaker Roberto V. Puno.

” I thank my coworkers for the quick approval on 2nd reading of House Expense No. 8632, and I expect its fast passage on 3rd and last reading shortly,” said Puno, who is likewise the vice-chairman of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

” We can state we are absolutely much closer to acclimating yet another star athlete for our national team,” he included. “I am hopeful that Ange Kouame will become a Philippine citizen simply in time for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup in addition to the 2023 FIBA World Cup.”

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Kouame has actually bet the Blue Eagles for 2 seasons, assisting them sweep the UAAP Season 82 guys’s basketball competition in 2019. He won Novice of the Year honors in 2018.

In Season 82, he averaged balanced 12.5 points, 11.79 rebounds, and a league-leading 3.86 blocks per game while shooting 53.7% from the field.

The center, who hails from Ivory Coast, is currently at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna, where he is training with the remainder of the Philippine nationwide group swimming pool ahead of the third and final window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers.

While it is not likely that Kouame will be naturalized in time for the February 18-22 window, Puno and the SBP are positive that he will be approved Philippine citizenship in time for the FIBA Asia Cup in August.

Kouame would follow in the footsteps of Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche as naturalized players for the Philippines.

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