Zenith University College will come up against defending champions Accra Polytechnic in what ought to be a headline game in Zone F qualifiers of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship which will take place at Accra Polytechnic on Friday April 1.
However, Zenith will meet the two time winners with a comparatively weakened side that has failed to replicate the splendid form of last season. In 2015, Zenith University won the Private Universities Sports Association Games (PUSAG) Basketball championship and made the last eight before bowing out to Accra Polytechnic.
The third edition of UPAC is headlined by world leading deodorant Rexona and this weekend’s qualifiers will be played with an eye for a spot in the quarter finals of Ghana’s grandest tertiary basketball championship.
The side lost out on Point Guard Kingsley “Shaker” Quist who now suits for Ghana Technology University College-Accra and Center Joseph Boye. The duo was at the heart of every possession the Labadi-based team run. Their absence has caused the team to implode.
Zenith failed to qualify out of a group that had Evangelical Presbyterian University College and Kings University College in the just ended Private Universities Students Association Games (PUSAG) Basketball competition. It also fell to Marshalls University College in a warm game prior to UPAC tipoff.
Accra Polytechnic faces similar issues with the absence of highly rated Center Romeo Enan. The 2015 Tertiary Player of the Year’s absence robs Accra Poly off its’ dynamic “big three” that has 2015 Most Valuable Player Abdul Mutaleeb Alhassan and Small Forward Farahat Tamimu.
Debutants Blue Crest College and Valley View University will also feature in Zone F.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, YFM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.