The lineup is complete as 40 teams gather their loins for the much-awaited grand finale of the 2010 Sprite Ball Championship following the completion of activities in the Northern region last weekend.
Rivals Tamale Senior High boys (Tamasco) and Ghana Senior High (Ghanasco) qualified alongside Damongo and Tamasco Girls to complete the list for the qualifiers which saw eight regions battle for the right to be in Accra on December 22-23rd, 2010.
Preparations among the schools have reached an epoch stage as the chase to unseat current National and Greater Accra champions Armed Forces Senior and Technical and Sacred Heats in both the boy’s and girl’s division gathers momentum.
Aggrey Memorial girls came agonizingly close last year at the El-Wak stadium but saw their challenge killed by very a determined and resolute performance from Sacred Hearts in the finals.
Captain of the side Dyllis Dumfeh Achiaa, Vida Anim and Kissiwaa Sosu have improved tremendously and it was obvious at the schools and colleges park in Cape Coast that the young girls arguably had learnt the basic rudiment of the game s compared to most of the regions visited.
But the National girl’s champions have seen their stock raised terrifically. Most of the players are key members of the various local Greater Accra basketball league and the likes of Patience, Ruby, Emelia and others are well primed for the massive cliff hanger.
The last year’s finalists are the major contenders for the title in the girls division this year but they will face stiff opposition from Volta regional qualifiers Awudome and Kadjebi-Asato Senior High with Damongo girls, Yaa Asantewaa, Nkawkaw, Fijai, Sunyani and Insaaniya girls among others showed they won’t be pushovers this season.
Nkawkaw girls duo of Hilda Koranteng and Syndia Ofori produced and eye-catching display in the Eastern region and will be at their best when they play in the grand finale in two weeks time.
Three-time champions in the Central region Mfantsipim Senior High produced a bolt from the blue performance to underline their credentials as the ‘godfathers’ of the competition in the culturally rich region. They once again enter the grand finale as one of the favourite for the title especially with small forward Edem Dumenu and colleague Edem Quist in some fine form this year, they sky will be the limit for the young budding talents.
Mfantsipim (Kwabotwe) crumbled under expectations last year at the same venue, and they’re aware of the ramifications of complacency and will guard against it. Revenge will be key on the minds of the players after they lost in a nail-biting quarter-final clash with eventual winners A.F.S.T.S.
Keta Senior High has been a strong force in the Sprite Ball Championship over the years and the dominance in the Volta region and the National event has been commendable. They will be one of the side’s to watch especially with power forward Fabio in some fine form for the side.
Six private senior high schools have been drafted to add up to the number.
The battle lines have been drawn and with 13 days left for the much-anticipated 5th edition of the grand finale of the competition, fans will be waiting with baited breath.
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By: Patrick Akoto