Experience often touted is the best teacher. And that was palpably manifested when veteran Emmanuel Quaye helped the University of Education (UEW) to lift zone 1 of the first ever Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball championship.
Quaye widely known as ‘rubberman’ showed how years of experience could prove consequential to the title ambition of any side and this he clearly demonstrated despite playing a cameo role for UEW.
It was refreshing to see the man who also doubles as the head coach of Tema Youth combining effectively with the youthful exuberance of Derrick Benjamin, Derrick Brefo and Captain Karikari Josiah
Rubberman guided Tema Youth to halt the ten-year dominance of Custom Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) during the finals of the 2010 Thome Cabalan Championship and he underlined his panache when he played a double role in helping his side clinch the deal at the expense of Takoradi Polytechnic in an epic final of the maiden edition of the UPAC basketball championship at Nkrumah court on Saturday March 26.
‘To make the final team for UEW is terrific but been part of the team for the historic UPAC championship is no easy feat’’, said the tough-talking coach cum player.
‘It’s a great team with great history and for me I feel proud that we showed fans the kind of stuff we’re made off and we’ve hit the right form for the grand-finale in Accra’.
‘People rise up and people drift off a little a bit and we’re looking to silence our critics and avenge our defeat to the University of Ghana at last year’s GUSA games’.
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By: Patrick Akoto