Marshalls University College head coach James Okine has confessed to Basketballghana.com that he feels pressured ahead of Zone G qualifiers of the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship which takes place at the University of Ghana on Friday April 8.
Marshalls University will be aiming for a top spot in the zone as the team is set to battle hosts University of Ghana (UG), Wisconsin University College and Central University College. Winner of the zone qualifies automatically to the quarter finals of the third edition of the UPAC Championship.
Ahead of the highly anticipated qualifiers, the charismatic trainer of the 2016 Private Universities Students Association Games (PUSAG) Basketball Champions is feeling the huge weight of expectations. He said:
“Honestly, I feel pressured but I believe my team is in a good shape to win the (UPAC) Championship this year.”
Marshalls had a wonderful debut in last year’s edition by beating favourites UG to qualify into the quarters on the way to capturing a famous fourth place finish. Should the team fail to win the zone, it will have a chance to make the quarters virtue of being the best second placed team between Zones A, F and G respectively.
Surprisingly, all four teams were drawn in the same zone in last year’s edition and Marshalls will be hoping for a repeat performance against the familiar foes in this year’s edition.
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and Pentecost University College’s outstanding Zone game will be also played on Friday.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is headlined by Rexona, supported by Fanyogo, MTN and CAL Bank in partnership with Basketballghana.com, Y FM, TV3 and Ghana Sports.