Zenith University College’s disastrous performance in the just ended 2016 Universities, Polytechnic and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship was due to the absence of key players according to Forward Ekow Abaidor.
The team exited the Rexona-headlined competition having lost all three games against Blue Crest College, Valley View University and Accra Polytechnic who went on to qualify out of Zone F. Defending Champions, Accra Polytechnic will feature in the quarter finals on April 14 at the University of Ghana.
Speaking to Basketballghna.com in the aftermath of his team’s exit, Abaidor did not shy from pointing out Kingsley Quist and Joseph Boye’s absence as a major factor behind the losses. He said:
“Definitely those guys are amazing if you have them in your team they can do everything for you. We are definitely missing them.”
Point Guard Quist, now with Ghana Technology University College, and Center Boye were prominent figures in a Zenith team that made it out of the group stage in last year’s edition of UPAC. The duo also featured in the team’s amazing run to the 2015 PUSAG (Private Universities Students Association Games) Basketball title.
Without both players, Zenith crashed out of this year’s PUSAG Basketball competition at the group stage before crashing out again in the UPAC Championship a week later.
Accra Polytechnic topped the zone following an undefeated run in the preliminary stage. The team will join qualified teams including Takoradi Polytechnic and University of Energy and Natural Resources.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is headlined by Rexona, supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, YFM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.