Chairman of the Greater Accra basketball Association, Benjamin Baafi, is optimistic the game has reached the ‘take off’ stage following the successful completion of the first ever Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball championship.
The historic competition took the West African country by storm with massive attendance at the grand-finale which took place at the centre court of the University of Ghana on April 16.
Accra Polytechnic showed pure class and genius to emerge as the eventual winners with some lightning display – that saw them conquer opponents with amazing ease and left many wondering which sides can match their team spirit and chemistry in the next couple of years.
The talents that were on shore has given massive hope to many that the country will take it rightful place in the West African zone which has been dominated by neighbours Cote D’voire over the past decade.
With the likes of Emmanuel Dickson, Daniel Nii Aryee, Benjamin Debrah, Peter Amankwaa, Nii Lantei Blankson and Derrick Brefo amongst others display great potential; the future can only be viewed as bright.
‘I have been very impressed with the first ever UPAC games and the kind of talents that I’ve seen gladness my heart that the sport has an amazing future. We can only hope more will be unearthed in future tournament’. Baafi told BASKETBALLghana.com
‘Our outfit will continue to collaborate with Rite Multimedia and other stakeholders to continue the drive to promote the game which is now undoubtedly the second most preferred sports in Ghana’.
He added: ‘We believe such high profile competitions and the ongoing Greater Accra basketball series will continue to usher in new talents who can help us form the nucleus of the National team for international tournament. Time for us to reclaim our position in the West African zone at least is not farfetched’.
The 2011 UPAC basketball championship is powered by TIGO – Express Yourself, supported by RedBull Energy drink, DDP outdoor, Indomie Noodles, Damte Global Publishers Ltd (0244851926, 0207284428) and organized by Rite Multimedia – Leaders in basketball championship.