Falconer believes the current players of the zone B Champions have matured and garnered enormous experience featuring consistently in the Greater Accra basketball series over the years and that according to him will count in their favour when they battle his former school and Sunyani Polytechnic in pool B on Saturday April 16.
Accra –Polytechnic were awesome at the centre court of the University of Ghana during the qualifying round with arguably the championship’s best Emmanuel Dickson tearing opponents apart with swash buckling performances.
There are those who believe Falconer’s assertion is a deliberate ploy to take the pressure of the Winneba-based University of Education who have been tipped by pundits to win the title.
But he claims such talks are well-wide of the mark.
‘I have played with most of their players for like 8 or 10 years and I think they have a solid team and won’t be surprise at all if they win the championship’. Falconer said on Metro TV sports on Thursday night.
‘The players have been consistent in the league for their respective clubs and so there is massive cohesion and team spirit in the team. Nevertheless UEW is a side that has also got very experience players and cannot be ruled out’.
He admitted the level of the game has improved tremendously and predicts it will skyrocket.
‘It’s been pretty exciting and would say the teams have improved due to different playing styles. In every game you need key players and that can help you get the kind of result you require. The Polytechnics have shown that they’ve got a lot under their sleeves and they’ve brought a lot on the table’.
You may like or dislike him for his perceived arrogant and self righteous posture, but the tall shooting guard was described as the ‘father figure’ of last year’s GUSA games due to his unrivalled performance where his amazing skills, great dribbling abilities and fantastic goal prowess made him the toast of fans.
He is nearing his retiring age and could be available for an international coaching course in the predictable future.
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