PRESEC-Osu (White) v Central Region's Mfantsipim (green) in 2018 Sprite Ball Final

Youth focused Non Governmental Organization YETS Ghana Basketball Head Coach Alexander Takyi has underlined the important roles Sprite Ball Xpressions and UPAC-Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges-Basketball Championship have played in basketball development in Ghana.

KNUST (green) v UPSA at 2021 UPAC

He said this in an exclusive interview with ahead of the Basketball Honours later this month. The Award scheme takes place on Friday, June 17 at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Headquarters in Ghana’s capital, Accra.


The Sprite Ball Championship and the UPAC has been the greatest thing to happen to Ghana basketball. We developmental coaches we realize the disparity in the kids developing in Europe and in the US and the kids developing in Ghana is lack of competition locally. We don’t have enough competitions so had it not been the Sprite Ball and the UPAC, I dont know where basketball would have been in Ghana” he said. [Click highlighted text to watch full interview]

Individuals and Organizations heavily involved in the success of Sprite Ball and UPAC are to be highlighted at the awards. Takyi led Opoku Ware School to the 2017 Sprite Ball title commended RITE Sports for organizing the events.

Takoradi Technical University v University of Mines and Technology in 2020 UPAC Zone Two Qualifier

Sprite Ball is Ghana’s biggest High School basketball in Ghana and the UPAC is the West African nation’s biggest basketball tournament at the tertiary level. YETS Ghana alumni have participated in both competitions over the years.

2019 Sprite Ball Champions Kumasi Girls

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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