NLEX Road Warriors management clarified that Kiefer Ravena left for Japan today but he will return to the Philippines once he completes all the documents required of him in order to play in the Japan B. League.
Road Warriors team manager Ronald Dulatre told GMA News Online that the second-generation cager had to fly to Japan to meet the deadline the government set for all the imports set to see action in the league.
"He will fly to Japan to process his Visa / immigration and other B.League requirements since the Japan government set a deadline for entry of all the imports," Dulatre said in a message.
"After completing all the requirements, he will go back here to play the remaining games of NLEX."
Dulatre said they do not have definite dates yet as to when Ravena will fly back to the Philippines due to the mandatory quarantine protocols.
"No definite date because of the quarantine protocols," Dulatre added. "But we expect him to be back once done with his B.League requirements."
Ravena is set to reinforce the Shiga Lakestars in the B.League but will only be allowed to do so once NLEX wraps up its campaign in the 2021 Philippine Cup, which is expected to restart in the coming days.
Aside from Ravena, five other Filipino talents are tipped to carry their acts in the B.League.
His younger brother, Thirdy, is scheduled for a second tour of duty with the San-En NeoPhoenix while brothers Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño will power the Earth Friends Tokyo Z (Division 2) and Ibaraki Robots, respectively.
Kemark Carino was tapped to power the Aomori Wat's in the B2 while Ray Parks will be donning the uniform of Nagoya Diamond Dolphins.
—JMB, GMA News