A demoralizing combination of nervousness and lack of competitions were the major reasons for Tamale Polytechnic’s exit from the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship Zone A games according to the institution’s head coach Braham Muhaga.
The third edition of the Championship, headlined by Rexona, had Wa Polytechnic and University of Development Studies(UDS-Tamale) join host institution Tamale Polytechnic compete for a spot in the quarter finals which is set to commence on April 14.
Speaking to Basketballghana. com in the aftermath of his side’s 20-24 loss to eventual champions UDS, the tactical head was disappointed with results which rendered his side winless in the competition. He lamented:
“We have not had enough competitions to play and my boys were a bit nervous because of the situation they found themselves in with the crowd but if more competitions like this come around, they will get used to it and I think we can do better next time.”
“Because of the environment they found themselves in, they couldn’t play a relaxed game. They were so tensed and that contributed to the turnovers.”
On UDS qualifying to the quarter finals, he said, “They have just come back from the University Games and I think that is what edged them to win the competition and I know with the kind of competition they have gone through in recent times, they have everything to go the top.”
Tamale Polytechnic lost both games against Wa Polytechnic 20-24 and UDS to bow out of the competition without recording despite being host of the Zonal tournament.