The 2016 Sprite Ball Championship will take place between January 3-7 at the El-Wak Stadium in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
The championship, will feature 26 senior high schools in compete against each other in a bid to win one of West Africa’s most coveted trophies. The Volta Region is one of six regions qualified schools for the competition will be drafted from.
So far, the qualified schools set to represent the Volta Region are Mawuli Senior High School and debutants Kadjebi Asato for the boys’ category and Awudome Senior High School for the girls’.
Basketballghana.com’s Yaw Adjei-Mintah takes a look at the region’s representatives heading into the tournament.
One of the biggest schools in the region, the “Mawulians” have been a near constant presence in the competition.
Since making an appearance in the 2009 edition courtesy a third place finish, Mawuli has successfully usurped the dominance of rivals Keta Business School.
In the regional qualifiers, Mawuli confirmed their arrival as the new force in the region’s basketball stables by winning the title despite a fierce challenge from perennial favorites Keta Senior High School.
Come January, the school will look to make a strong charge to the latter stages of the competition.
Kadjebi Asato Senior High School
History beckoned for the school’s male basketball team as they glided through the regional games into the final stages.
Never been able to scale the regional hurdle, KASEC defied the odds to reach the final and guarantee themselves an appearance at nest year’s competition.
Unlike, their female contemporaries, KASEC’s male basketball team has lagged behind in the regional basketball hierarchy for a long time.
They will hope to mimic the achievements of T.I. Ahmediyya who won the national title in their debut appearance at the tournament.
Based in the region’s capital Ho, the school’s female team made light work of the threat powerhouse Kadjebi Asato presented.
The ladies diplayed skills beyond their years to down KASEC’s female team on the way to annexing the national title and secure a pot in the tournament next year.
The Volta Region has been very succesful in the competition’s boys’ category with Keta winning the title in 2014 but have yet to make any major incursions in the female category.
Awudome look primed to do just that.