They may have failed in the plot to advance to the semi-finals of the 2010 Community Dunks, but assistant coach of Ridge, Francis Wilson, was furious with authorities for what he described as a ‘ deliberate ploy’ to frustrate his team.
The man who also doubles as the head coach of Magic could not come to terms with why Legon was allowed to play the game after the turned up late for the fixture.
The host were physically present on time but the late arrival of their jersey prompted officials of Ridge to ask authorities to award them the points since their attitude went contrary to the set rules for the game.
But in a rather shocking and bizarre circumstances, Coach Mathias Ocloo led team allowed Legon to play late on when the jersey arrived almost twenty minutes into their scheduled meeting.
And to make matters worse for Ridge, they failed to find their spot on as Edem Quist inspired Legon to a well-deserved 30-18 victory at the University of Ghana basketball court to the charging of Coach Braimah Lawah and his backroom staff who had some harsh words for the officials.
‘It’s a shame but we cannot allow some of these people to set the rules for us because they themselves do not adhere to the rules they set. How can they allow Legon to play when they know what the rule says when your report late for your match? An incensed Wilson said.
‘I’m so mad that I don’t even know what to say again. It looks like ‘Animal Kingdom’ where some people are more important than others. Legon shouldn’t have played the match because they were late and they should have made to face the full rigors of the law.
He added: ‘This is bad for the game in the country especially when we’re all committed to develop and promote the game. If we have officials who are not fair and firm on their decision, then am afraid for the sport here’. he fumed
Community Dunks is an initiative of Rite Multimedia and sponsored by Indomie with support from Metro TV and 90 Minutes newspaper.
By: Patrick Akoto