Quality, flair and great basketball artistry will be on display when over twenty schools play in the second edition of the X’mas Ball, Chief Executive of Rite Multimedia, Yaw Sakyi Afari has revealed.
The participating schools drawn from selected regions in the country will get the chance to square off against each other at the Aviation Social Centre on December 24.
Teams that failed to make the cut for the flagship Sprite Ball Championship will get another window of opportunity to warm their way into the finals if they qualify for the finals.
The likes of Achimota, Sacred Heart, Accra High, Labone, Benkum Senior High, Swedru School of Business, Ghana Lebanon, St Mary’s, Akosombo International School and Ghana Lebanon and Islamic School as well as Ghana Secondary Technical School, Akwamuman Senior High and Kumasi-based Kings College are all in the frame for a spot.
Critics have argued the X’mas Ball Championship may not notch up to the main championship considering the fact that teams that will play in the tournament are ‘second’ rated.
But the Rite Multimedia chief, Yaw Sakyi Afari has poured water on the fears insisting the competition will produce the thrills associated with basketball at the senior high level.
“This is the second edition of the X’mas Ball and we’re confident it will live up to its billing,” Afari told Accra-based television station Viasat 1.
“Due to the magnitude of the Sprite Ball Championship, it was obvious we were not going to be able to contain all the numbers.
“And so we decided to give the teams that were not selected a second window of opportunity to play in the finals.
“We believe the quality will be there so everyone should endeavour to be at the Aviation Social Centre on the 24th of December.
“If schools like GSTS, Achimota and Akosombo Internationals will be involved in the competition, then it tells you we’re in for serious business.”