Plans to have regional basketball qualifiers played at neutral grounds to prevent consistent clashes between supports are under serious consideration.
This is in relation to clashes that took place at the just ended Eastern Regional Basketball qualifiers between supporters of Pope John Senior High School and Koforidua Senior High Technical School (KSTS).
The clashed took place when the teams played the final game of the qualifiers which Pope John won courtesy a 31-30 result.
Despite both teams securing passage to the national championship (Sprite Ball) by featuring in the finals, the long chronicled rivalry between the schools led to several altercations on the sidelines during and after the game.
Several chairs were reported broken coupled with other property at Pope John’s ground after the game. As a result of constant clashes between the schools, Physical Education Coordinators are reportedly settled on playing future competitions at neutral grounds as a solution.
Banning supporters at competition grounds is also being considered. The Ashanti Regional final between Opoku Ware School and Prempeh College experienced a similar situation forcing organizers to play the final game at Toase Senior High School.
The Sprite Ball Championship takes place in Accra from January 4 to 6, 2018.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter