Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Forward Kwame Boamah Djan has called on his teammates to eschew complacency as they prepare for the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship quarter finals.
The finals which will be played on April 14 at Accra Polytechnic and April 15 at the University of Ghana will have GIMPA compete against University of Ghana (UG) in the opening round before taking on defending Champions Accra Polytechnic and University of Development Studies-Tamale in the remaining games of Group A.
Speaking to Basketballghana.com following his side’s impressive 37-27 victory over Pentecost University College to progress, the veteran Forward was confident his side will perform in the knockout stage but was cautious of downplaying GIMPA’s opponents.
“We cannot live on past glories. We have to work like how every team is working hard, we have to make sure our scrimmages are on point, we have to work. If we don’t work, we wouldn’t win” he said.
GIMPA showed signs of complacency in its’ opening preliminary qualifier against Ho Polytechnic as they lost 15-19 before rallying to beat Ghana Technology University College-Accra 30-24 in the next game.
The Zone A champions will be looking forward to a better start in the knockout phase as the team has stumbled out of the blocks in all three games in the competition. Against Pentecost University, GIMPA trailed 10 points in the early parts of the game before a wonderful scoring run saw them wipe out the deficit and claim a much needed win.
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 Newspaper.