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Team Burma Camp: Show of complacency

Burma Camp relieved their past glory in the Greater Accra regional qualifiers as complacency cost them big time in the finals of the 2012 Indomie Community Dunks.

They had a formidable basketball team during the qualifying campaign when they found success at the CYCC centre court during a nerve racking three-week contest and one would have thought the final edition was even going to get better.

The potential was there for everybody to see as they attempted to challenge for honours at the podium but at the end of the day they managed to pick bronze.

Despite their seemingly impressive performance at the championship, there are few unanswered questions related to the future, though.

The team’s high-scoring ability suddenly dropped during the finals where they struggled to break the defense of James Town and Djejeano-Anafo in the group phase but could not hold their verve against Kwadaso.

They lacked the chemistry, team spirit and tactics to negotiate their tie against the Kumasi-based side in their opening game at the El-Wak stadium.

Another significant issue related to the head coaching position.

Young trainer Raymond Maha has been with the team for a little over a year and guided them to a remarkable regional qualifiers.

The 21-year-old was determined to bring fresh ideas on the table, new training method and lots of passion to his new role as an emerging tactician, but his perceived inconsiderate attitude scattered what could have been a promising run for his side.

The young prison officer is fast carving a nice of notoriety in the game which if not checked could crumble his ambitions of becoming one of the finest in the sport.

Maha’s career has not been without controversy right from his days as a player and now turned coach.

One could argue easily that his passion and drive could account for his perceived arrogance towards officials anytime the tables are turned against him in a match.

He displayed his usual controversial posture during Burma Camp’s humiliating defeat to eventual winners of the 2012 Indomie Community Dunks Kawanopado where he threatened to stop his players from continuing with play  due to what he claims was biased officiating.

His haughty ego angered many who were at the centre court of the El-Wak stadium – displaying sheer insolence to authority and bringing the hugely successful competition into a  momentarily standstill.

The negative tendencies affected the psyche of the players and that could have accounted for their 41-12 demolition against the Cape Coast-based side.

In spite of that they put up a tactical display against Dansoman in the 3rd and 4th placed match with a grind-it-out, edge-of-your seat performance to beat coach Olulonyo’s charges to grab the third spot.

Dangerous floater is probably the best way to describe Burma Camp. They lacked the depth and know-how of Kawanopado squad that racked up silver during the exhibition game in the Central region.

Expectations, as always, far exceed the realistic ceiling for Burma Camp but  will live to fight another day.

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