Over sixteen schools in the Greater Accra region take their turn in the 2010 regional Sprite Ball Championship when Kinbu and Tema Senior High begin the defence of the title they won last year in both the boys and girls division respectively on Thursday November 18, at the El-Wak Stadium
The competition in the Nation’s capital is expected to draw stiff opposition from powerhouses like Accra Academy, Presbyterian Boys Senior High (Presec, Legon), Aquinas, Ebenezer, Odorgonno, Armed Forces, Sacred Heart, Methodist Day (Medass), St Mary’s among others who are keen to lift the trophy and earn the right to participate in the much-awaited grand-finale at the same venue next month.
Accra central-based Kinbu Senior High produced and eye-catching display to lift the competition for the first time in 2009 but failed to glitter at the national event the same year. Rather it was Burma camp-based Armed Forces who lifted the championship after they placed third in the regional competition.
After that giant killing feat, Armed Forces have become the huge favourite for the title this year but with games in the Greater Accra region devoid of any form guide, expect the other schools to give them a good run for their money.
Accra Academy especially were extremely disappointing last season and their fighting spirit and team chemistry will come in handy if they want to unseat the defending regional champions.
Pride, the quest to assert authority, renewal of rivalry and the huge power play will be the key factors when the schools line up to take their turn in the high-status basketball championship among the youth in the West African Country.
Already jitters have hit most fans in Accra and its environs who have learnt of the exploits of some of the other schools in the other region and will be keen to qualify and rub shoulders with them on December 22-23rd at the El-Wak stadium.
They may have won the regional competition in their category but failed to find their rhythm in the national event where they failed to go past the group phase.
Quiet shockingly was the result but Sacred Heart defied all odds to scale the hurdle in the grand-finale beating Central Regional based Aggrey Memorial in the finals to lift the trophy to earn double joy for teams in the Greater Accra region in front of a packed crowd that included the Ga Mantse Nii Tackie Tawiah III and deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Nortey Dua.
Qualified schools from the four regions
Boys: Keta Senior High and Mawuli
Girls: Awudome Senior High and Kadjebi-Asato
Brong Ahafo Region
Boys: Sunyani Senior High and St James
Girls: Sunyani Senior High and Techiman Senior High
Boys: Opoku Ware and Prempeh College
Girls: Yaa Asantewaa and St Louis
Boys: Abuakwa State College and Koforidua Secondary Technical School
Girls: Nkawkaw Senior High and Akosombo International School.
The next stop will be the campus of Ghana Secondary Technical School (G.S.T.S) on 26th November, 2010 before schools in the Central region battle for honours a day after at the main basketball court of Mfantsipim School.
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