University of Professional Studies (UPSA) will not feature in the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship following the team’s withdrawal from the championship yesterday and that does not sit kindly with team officials.
The UPAC Championship will take place between March 5 and April 16 and is headlined by world best-selling deodorant Rexona.
UPSA withdrew from the competition after tournament organizers Rite Sports Limited stripped the institution off hosting Zone A games which comes off Saturday at the University of Ghana due to the poor state of the institutions basketball court.
Speaking to Basketballghana.com, Nana, spokesperson for the team reiterated the team’s displeasure by saying:
“I must say that the student body is not happy with the decision at all.”
The team showed initial interest in playing the tournament prior to the withdrawal when Basketballghana.com gathered reports of a possible withdrawal.
“The team in the first place is very solid regardless where the venue will be” Nana said. However he sounded skeptical of the team’s intent by stating:
“We are still having talks with the organizers as to we wanting to go ahead or back out of the tournament. If the decision we come out with is to play then the fear we pose still holds.”
UPSA were expected to offer stiff opposition to Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). The institution has since been replaced by Pentecost University College and will play Ho Polytechnic and Ghana Technology University College in subsequent Zone A games.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is supported by Fanyogo, MTN and CAL Bank in partnership with Basketballghana.com, Y FM, TV3 and Ghana Sports.