Tema Youth is ready to compete in international basketball competitions but lack the financial muscle to do so according to team coach Emmanuel”Rubberman” Quaye.
The former University of Education-Winneba standout made the statement to Basketballghana.com in the aftermath of a crushing 52-67 loss to Braves of Customs in the 2016 Accra Basketball League Men’s Division I.
Asked about the side’s preparation for the FIBA Zone Three Africa Championship which his side has qualified for, Quaye was adamant his side will not compete in the tournament to financial challenges. He said:
“Let me tell you frankly, we are talking about 50,000 Ghana Cedis/$10,000 and we don’t have it (the money to fund the trip) we now we know we are second so we will start the preparations now. So we promise next year will be a good year”.
Tema failed to capitalize to beat Braves for the third time in as many years with the latest string of losses including the 2015 Division title and a 65-75 loss in the regular season. Quaye was full of praise for his lads who he describes as “A+” despite the loss.
Making the top two secured Tema’s place at the competition as half of Ghana’s two representatives who will be in action in the nine day tournament which runs between October 21 and October 30.