Cape-Coast Polytechnic will boycott next year’s Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship due to bad officiating according to head coach Andrew Arthur.
C Poly failed to qualify out of Zone E after suffering two straight losses to hosts University of Cape-Coast (35-46) and Takoradi Polytechnic (33-61).
However, the team’s technical head attributed his team’s loss to University of Cape-Coast (UCC) being on the receiving end of wrong calls from officials on the day.
Arthur was peeved with some calls and could be seen remonstrating on the bench to show his displeasure.
After losing to Takoradi Polytechnic which confirmed his side’s exit from the tournament, Coach Arthur delivered a strong message to tournament organizers in an interview with Basketballghana.com. He said:
“The officiating was very bad that was the main reason we are out of the game so we are planning on not participating in the UPAC Games again because we can’t come here, they will rob and we go home just like that. So we are planning on not coming to the UPAC Games again. That is it.”
Takoradi Polytechnic went on to beat UCC to qualify as zone winners and book a spot in the last eight of the competition where the team will join already qualified University of Development Studies-Tamale, University of Energy and Natural Resources and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology at the University of Ghana in Accra on April 14.
Preliminary qualifiers continue Friday April 1 at Accra Polytechnic where two-time and defending champions Accra Poly will take on Zenith University College, Blue Crest University College and Valley View University in Zone F.
The UPAC Championship is headlined by Rexona, supported by MTN, Fanyogo and CAL Bank in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, Y FM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.