Ghana Basketball Association Chairman David Addo Ashong has debunked suggestions that female basketball has no future in Ghana.
He made the statement when Basketballghana.com contacted him prior to the start of Ghana’s biggest and best basketball competition, the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship.
Asked about the future prospects of the game in amongst Ghanaian women, he said:
“Absolutely, I think it hasn’t developed as well as the men but we have seen it do well before and there is no reason why with the right organization, we can’t have it again. Personally, I think with the right commitment it has the chance to grow”.
He also made reference to the high level of technical abilities shown by ladies who participated in the Sprite Ball Championship which took place earlier this year.
The National Women’s basketball team is currently ranked 74th in the world and last participated in the FIBA Africa Championship for Women in 2011 when Mali hosted. Ghana missed out on the 22nd edition of the competition which took place in Cameroon from September 24 to October 3.
Senegal are the reigning champions following an 81-66 win over Cameroon in the final. The West African side will represent Africa at the Rio Olympics Games later this year.
The 2016 UPAC BAsketball Championship-set to take place from March 5 to April 16- is sponsored by the world’s best selling deodorant brand Rexona and supported by CAL Bank in partnership with media outlets including TV3, Starr FM and Basketballghana.com and Graphic Sports.