The second edition of the UPAC Games tips off in a couple of weeks, and just as always, the new campaign will bring with it an exciting new batch of rookies and other young breakout stars ready to dominate the season.
The 2014 edition of the tertiary basketball competition will bring new talents under one umbrella and execute an agenda which will earn them the title and the bragging right for a one-year.
The University of Professional Studies (UPSA) is a young and promising team ready to deliver a masterclass during their debut appearance in the competition.
The Accra-based school will come under microscope when the championship zooms into action later in October. They have a promising squad ready to challenge other established teams in the prestigious championship.
UPSA resemble a gifted side which can cause an upset with an upper ceiling top of the agenda.
UPSA is a team in motion and progress and will be exciting one to watch especially with master tactician Emmanuel Essel Wobil, nicknamed, ‘Ghanaa’ directing affairs from the touchlines.
The former University of Ghana coach is famous for transforming teams and making them unconquerable at the highest level.
Coach Ghanaa as he is affectionately called is a master brain and one who is in the process of making UPSA a strong force.
UPSA placed fourth at this year’s GUSA Games to underline their potential as perhaps a strong force at the tertiary level in the West African country.
The statistics may not be popping but they have depth in strength with their great defensive abilities. They are a quick side and that quickness has allowed them to have some of the finest backcourt defenders in the game today.
The put up great numbers during the GUSA Games and will be a force to contend at this year’s championship in the capital.
Wobil is simply a juggernaut when it comes to coaching and will provide the real steel to the side in the debut season.
He has stockpiled young talent and assembled one of the best up-and-coming cores ahead of the championship.
Their roster features a number of lottery picks such as .Abban frank Paa kwesi, .Cyprian Adusei, Delvin Bayonne, Frank Adoble, Gerald Obeng, Isaac Martey, Ebenezer Nartey, Kwarteng Amponsah, Obeng Francis Kumi, .Ekow Ayen and Emmanuel Nii Okai
They have young talent at every position and this team could be very good in several years, if UPSA’s coaching staff is able to maximize the group’s potential.
Coach Wobil is thrilled to work with this young core and will be one of the side’s to watch at this year’s UPAC Games.
History of UPSA
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) is a public university that provides both academic and business professional education in Ghana. With over forty (40) years of experience, the University has gained a reputation as the oldest professional accountancy and management tuition provider having many of its products in key leadership positions in Ghana and elsewhere. The University was the first and is still the only public institution with the mandate to offer both academic degrees and provide training for higher Professional education in Ghana. The University currently has a student population of about ten thousand (10,000).
The University was founded in 1965 as a private professional business education tuition provider and was taken over by government in 1978 by the Institute of Professional Studies Decree, 1978 (SMCD 200). It was subsequently established as a tertiary institution with a mandate to provide tertiary and professional education in the academic disciplines of Accountancy, Management and other related areas of study by the Institute of Professional Studies Act, (Act 566), 1999.
The then IPS had been offering tuition for various business professional programmes that were internationally recognized. In this respect, the University has contributed immensely to the teaching and practice of Accountancy and Management in Ghana.
In September 2005, the then Institute introduced Bachelor Degree Programmes in its various mandated disciplines to give meaning to the IPS Act 566. It received a Presidential Charter in September 2008, conferring on it the status of a fully-fledged public university. The University currently offers Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in several programmes. The combination of scholarship with professionalism is the foundation of the university’s unique profile.
The development of the initial and new range of academic programmes coupled with trends in tertiary education at both local and international levels called for an amendment of the existing Act 566 of 1999. Subsequently, the University of Professional Studies Act, 2012 (ACT 850) was enacted to rename the Institute as a University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).