GBBA Vice Chairman Gamel addressing stakeholders at the meeting.

2016 Referee of the Year Gasu Quarmyne.

Vice Chairman of the Ghana Basketball Association (GBBA) Iddrisu Gamel has stated Ghana is in serious need for more officials.

He highlighted the scarce human resource in the game in the West African country during a technical seminar held earlier today at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.

As the main speaker of the meeting which had several representatives of teams, coaches and players in attendance, the veteran referee and administrator highlighted the need to tackle the problem.

“We don’t have enough officials…we need to start training a lot of referees and license them” he said before stating the GBBA’s plans to improve the dire situation particularly females saying, “GBBA has plans to develop at least three officials to FIBA level”.

Despite the expanding interest in basketball, Ghana’s chronic shortage of game officials is affecting the quality of the sport with the nation only having a handful of referees whereas each of the ten regions should have at least four referees.

The seminar was arranged to educate league stakeholders on the rules when using the shot clock as the league plans to do so in the second round of the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division I.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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