Ghana’s Central Region will host its basketball championship today at the regional capital Cape-Coast where over 20 schools in both female and male categories will vie for spots in next year’s Sprite Ball Championship.
The Championship which will be celebrating its tenth anniversary next year, is the West African country’s biggest high school basketball competition with the region being the biggest producer of winners in the competition.
Home to reigning champions in both divisions in Aggrey Memorial Mount Zion School and St. Augustine’s College, the region’s qualifiers easily passes off as one of the most keenly contested for spots at the main tourney.
In the male division, reigning champs Augustine’s and arch rivals Mfantsipim look primed to make the final roster in Accra. Both sides played in the last final and despite the losses of key pieces in their respective setups, are strong enough to make a return.
They will be challenged by Adisadel College and Aggrey Memorial’s boys team, who qualified to Sprite Ball for the first time ever.
In the female division, Aggrey’s all conquering side of 2016 will have to make up for key losses in Joana Danso and High School Female Player of the Year Juliana Cudjoe to repeat as champions. Two time bronze medalist Mfantseman Girls Senior High School and former winners Wesley Girls High School offer stern challenges to Aggrey’s objective.