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Ankrah gracious in defeat but slams umpires at UPAC games

Coach of Takoradi Polytechnic, Owusu-Ansah Ankrah, has applauded the performance of the University of Education by describing it as a ‘mature’ display from the men in white.

The Winneba-based tertiary institution produced a five- star flaunt to beat their opponent in a nerve racking and end to end action in the finals of the first ever Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges basketball championship at the Kwame Nkrumah court over the weekend.

It was a de ja vu workout for the side as they romped to three victories to top the table in the all-play-all system in front of a sizeable crowd in the Central and Western conference of zone 1

Coach Ankrah reckoned the better side won and showered praises on their ‘masters’.

‘Let me also say kudos to UEW for lifting the trophy. I think that they played a matured game and exhibited lots of experience’. Ankrah told BASKETBALLghana.com

‘It was great to see my team Takoradi Poly put up a splendid show at the maiden edition of the UPAC games. Let me congratulate Yaw Sakyi and his crew for a great show piece, we had a great time and we’re thankful to Tigo for the sponsorship’.

While he was gracious in defeat, he also took a swipe at the umpires.

‘As a coach, I take the defeat in good faith but I think my team lost simply because of the negligence of umpires at the table, who were caught enjoying the game rather than doing their job during the last minutes of the game’.

‘I enquired the time which read 7:59 meaning we had just two minutes to play, the game continued until my team was leading by a point. I called for time out and when I checked the time again it still read 7:59’.

‘There was an occasion when my player went for a rebound and was penalized for charging, I admit it’s a human institution and have challenges but it would be sad to see this great dream of Yaw Sakyi die because of bad officiating. We’re fixing our mistakes and hope to make amends in the grand finale’. he concluded.

The 2011 UPAC games is brought to you by Tigo – the network that actually works and powered by Rite Multimedia- leaders in basketball development and promotion in Ghana.

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  1. wonderful tournament but just painful to see Takoradi Polytechnic loosing two finals due to bad officiating by the same set of umpires…….

  2. Nice talk coach.Well done.

  3. These referees are the same officials officiating every basketball game in Ghana. I wonder if they have been going on refresher courses? From what I saw at Cape Coast and Ho I can safely say that these referees have a long way to go. Yaw Sekyi’s initiative is laudable thus we need everything associated with the initiative to work. These referees seem to have the idea that every trophy should go to an Accra team or a team parading players from the Accra league.
    Yaw Sekyi should organize refresher courses for these officials since it looks like they are the only ones we have in the system.
    Anyway, well done boys. We will have the opportunity to beat UEW come 16th April.

  4. Half of you people who complain about the refs don’t know crap about the rules and how they should be applied.I bet the coach or player making these claims hasn’t been to any coaches or player coarse before.I hate it when we blame losses on things like the ref….here’s an idea take some stats see how many free throws you missed,how many turnovers you made,how many low percentage shot’s you took stuff I’m sure you havn’t heard of.It’s because of people like this that Ghana (not basketball) does not develope.We’re always blaming other people for our failures.

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