MOST READ Outgoing PBA chairman Mikee Romero. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonBasketball fans can breathe easy. There will be a 43rd season of the Philippine Basketball Association and it will open as scheduled.Outgoing league chair Mikee Romero of GlobalPort assured everyone that much in the first major indication by a PBA official that the current impasse in the board of governors won’t hold the league hostage next season.ADVERTISEMENT Outgoing PBA chair assures league will open as scheduled PLAY LIST 04:08Outgoing PBA chair assures league will open as scheduled00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 “The PBA is preparing a big opening day. The PBA will be as scheduled and will be business as usual. We will fix this,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Rest assured, the 2018 PBA season will start on Dec. 17,” said Romero, addressing sportswriters and guests during the 2017 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Thursday night at Gloria Maris Restaurant in Cubao.The soft-spoken executive has allayed fears of a delay of the next season amid the current dispute among members of the board. Fears were rife that with the board backing two different commissioners, the league’s opening would be pushed back from its original schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut not only did Romero assure that the games will go on, he also promised to cement cracks in the board and unify its members before the start of the 43rd season.“By next week, we will fix everything. This impasse will come to an end. I [can] confidently say that divisiveness, the impasse will [be] finished next week. Whatever group you’re part of, this will all end,” he vowed. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Meralco road goes through Global Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Seven teams, namely TNT, Meralco, NLEX, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Phoenix and Blackwater, withdrew support from PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, citing a lack of confidence in his ability to lead the PBA. That bloc appointed deputy commissioner Rickie Santos as league OIC.But a five-man group composed of San Miguel Beer, Ginebra, Magnolia, GlobalPort and Kia has backed the beleaguered executive through this crisis.Romero brushed off the dispute and attributed the conflict to the team’s unwavering passion for winning.“Like a normal family, there will always be problems. We’re all passionate and that’s the reason why we got here. But it’s in the interest of all 12 corporations, all 12 teams to put up a league by Dec. 17,” he said.The GlobalPort governor also guaranteed that the league is preparing for a booming season opener.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?
The Miracle Man in action with the Lone Star against Mali’s national team. Photo: Mozart Dennis – Advertisement – The national soccer coach, James Salinsa Debbah, had a colorful soccer career both in Liberia and in Europe. Known popularly to adoring fans as Salinsa, he began his career with Mighty Barrolle in 1984.At the time Mighty Barrolle and rivals Invincible Eleven were the nation’s title contenders and whenever the two teams met in any of the various competitions, Monrovia was agog with gossip and excitement.A colorful inside left (#10), Salinsa possessed a remarkable ability to turn imminent defeat into victory and sports writers at the time awarded him with the accolade ‘The Miracle Man.’Salinsa had the uncanny ability to scores important goals against their opponents that he also earned the accolade ‘Liberia’s Most Celebrated Player.”In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala of Cameroon to begin a semi-professional career after refusing previous offers and lasted a season, moving on to the French club Olympique Alès.The following year, 1991, Debbah joined AS Monaco and eventually played in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup finals. In 1995 he moved to Olympic Lyonnais and later joined OGC Nice until 1997.He later joined Belgian League squad R.S.C. Anderlecht and later played one season for Paris St. Germain. Debbah later joined the Turkey Super League squad Ankaragücü before joining Iraklis of Greece.He also played for Al-Jazeera Club from 2001–2003 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then Muharraq Club from 2003–2004 in Muharraq, Bahrain. Four years after leaving Muharraq Club, he moved to the Indonesia Super League and joined PKT Bontang for a season (2008–09).Debbah was a key player for the national soccer team, Lone Star and teaming up well with teammates, including George Weah, Dominic Brapoh (Lucky Shango), Jonathan Sogbie (Boye Charles) and the rest. Presently managing the national soccer team, Debbah continues to keep the dream to contribute and inspire the younger generation to do better for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)