For the hundreds of crazy basketball fans who thronged the Koforidua Secondary Technical School to witness the maiden edition of the 2011 Milo Junior Ball Championship, the exploits of Anglican’s power forward Desmond Okyere Baah can never be overlooked.
Any fears among the Anglican faithful that this year’s surprise package could be about to crash back down to earth were wiped away on Friday February 25 as the club upset all teams to win the competition for the first time.
The 14-year-old final year student was a revelation to watch as he showed massive potential and power play interspersing that swash-buckling performances that can only be described as the beginning of greater times of the game ahead in the West African country.
This is the story of today’s Milo Junior Ball: The juvenile talents not only understand the appeal of playing on a larger stage – a lure that has existed for few years – they also now see a benefit in teaming together with players who had been their close friends on the court.
He’ll be expected to spearhead the title challenge of the Betom-based school when they participate in the grand finale of the competition slated for the Aviation Social Centre on March 18th & 19th.
From the humble beginning, the Milo Junior Ball is gaining root in Ghana with calls for it to be extended to the other regions growing by the day.
The battle lines have been drawn and Baah is optimistic he’ll up his game to help his school create a piece of history’.
He said: “We had good moments at K.S.T.S basketball court but that is over now and our next concentration should be at the grand finale. We know schools in Accra especially are very good but that will not deter us as forge ahead to make a huge impression’.
‘I was thrilled with my performance and I can only get better with more serious training and determination, and discipline. My team-mates have been phenomenal and I think with teamwork the sky will be our limit’.
The 2011 Milo Junior Ball Championship is brought to you by Nestle Milo – the energy food drink of future champions.