Winners of the 2014 Sprite Ball Championship took a memorable trip to South Africa last week.

The five day education trip forms part of their prize package for their individual excellence during the prestigious tournament held at the El-Wak Sports stadium.

Keta Senior High student duo Sedem Tetevi and John Okumoh as well sports master wormi made the trip.

Others include TI Ahamdiyya’s Rachel Obeng, Esther Asiedu and coach Ahmed Baffoe alongside staff of Rite Multimedia –organizers of the tournament.

It was massive learning experience for the players and officials who engaged their counterpart from South Africa on a number of far-reaching positive inclinations between the two countries.

Day 1

2The team left the Kotoko International airport on Monday September 1 and arrived in Johannesburg on early Tuesday morning.

The team met Ghanaian artiste stonebwoy at the O.R Tambo airport and took pictures and interacted with him before they retired to their hotel.

The team later moved to Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination Montecasino in Sandton, Johannesburg in the evening for experience of a lifetime. Thrilling, captivating and memorable entertainment were found at Montecasino through thrilling gaming experiences in the casino, magical events and fun family entertainment.

Day 2

3The team moved to the mining-rich city of Rustenburg and visited the famous Royal Bafokeng Stadium – one of the venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.

Rustenburg is a pleasant spot at the foot of the scenic Magaliesberg Mountains. In mid-2010, it witnessed excitement as never before when visitors flocked in to attend six 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches.


The Royal Bafokeng Stadium is the only community-owned football stadium in South Africa.

After a massive R360-million upgrade, the 42 000-seat Royal Bafokeng Stadium proved its mettle when it hosted some of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup games.

This Rustenburg sports stadium is located 15km outside the football-crazy town in the Phokeng village. The multi-purpose sports facility also contains an athletics track, Olympic-size swimming pool, a fitness centre and facilities for tennis, netball, volleyball and basketball.

1The 2010 FIFA World Cup stadium also boasts hospitality suites to accommodate 320 VIPs, an excellent pitch, state-of-the-art public address system, and a giant 40m² screen to ensure fans don’t miss any big-match action. It also features fan-friendly seating, floodlights and electronic scoreboards. Five first-round matches and one second-round match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup were held at the stadium.

Rustenburg benefited from various infrastructure improvements prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup which included the upgrade of national and local roads to the venue, providing football supporters with ease of access.

2The Royal Bafokeng Stadium was developed by the Bafokeng community, which holds a share in the North West province’s platinum mines, some of the richest in the world. Opened in 1999, it is the home ground to the local Premier Soccer League (PSL) team, the Platinum Stars.

The stadium also regularly hosts rugby matches, serving as the home ground of the Leopards.

Rustenburg, meaning ‘town of rest’, is a short drive away from the glitzy Sun City resort and its neighbouring Big Five Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

The Ghanaian team won an exhibition game against one of the local sides.

Day 3

4The visiting Ghanaian contingent paid a working visit to the NBA Africa office located the World Trade Centre in Johannesburg where the team met officials of the NBA including Senior Director of NBA Africa John Manyo Plange as well as officials of the NBA. The visiting players interacted with officials, and asked questions about the history of the sport in Africa.

3They later visited the famous Nelson Mandela square and had dinner with NBA Africa president Amadou Gallo Fall, who had flown in from Spain to meet with the Ghanaian entourage.

Day 4.

3The team left for Accra after a fruitful trip to South America with lots of fond memories.

The trip was made possible by Coca-Cola Company Limited, who kept to their promise and the dream a reality for the travelling party.

The giant beverage sponsor has been consistent with the development of the game at the High School level in Ghana with support from NBA Africa.


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