After leaving La Salle, Ben Mbala not closing doors to PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) — De La Salle University's prized cager Ben Mbala announced Friday his departure from the team.

The 6-foot-6 Cameroonian center is not ruling out any possibility on playing basketball again in the Philippines, which he considers home.

"Why not? I love the Philippines. It's not like I'm leaving the Philippines forever. I will visit from time to time," he told CNN Philippines' Sports Desk in an exclusive interview.

"If ever I get an offer or opportunity to play back in the Philippines, then I'd definitely grab it," he added.

READ: Mbala leaves La Salle for Mexican ball club

Mbala, 22, led the Green Archers in claiming the UAAP Season 79 men's seniors basketball title and the 1st runner-up finish in this year's tournament.

ALSO READ: La Salle's Mbala bags second straight UAAP MVP award

In an Instagram post, Fuerza Regia -- a ball club which is part of a professional league in Mexico -- announced that they have tapped the services of Mbala.

Bienvenidos a la familia!! @benmbala y @iambetterthanyesterday. #todossomosfuerza

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For Mbala, he felt like it's time to go to the pro level and explore new possibilities.

"I feel like it's time to try get to the next level. It's been a long time for me in college and I feel like I'll try the pro level," he said.

Mbala averaged 26.0 points 13.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in UAAP Season 80.