Akuafo Hall, defending champions of the 2017/2018 UG Basketball League, will begin their quest to defend the trophy this academic year as the UG Basketball League starts on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 on the Basketball Courts 1 & 2
The teams participating in the league are Akuafo, Alexander Adum Kwapong, African Union, Bani, City Campus, Commonwealth, Distance Education, Elizabeth Sey, Hilla Limann, Jean Nelson Aka, James Topp Nelson Yankah, JISH, Legon Hall and Mensah Sarbah.
Mr. Philip Farouk Mensah, a resident and Basketball player of Akuafo Hall and a level 300 Economics and Theatre Arts student asserted that though they have some very good players completing school in May, he is hopeful team cohesion and unity can help defend the trophy.
“We do not have Joel and Gracefield around but we can still boast of Selasi. This calls for extra hard work to keep up with our performances. We are also expecting the fresher’s to beef up the team. We have to ensure team cohesion and unity is always high to keep us going.”
Format of Play
The UG Basketball League (UGBL) is made up of 14 Teams. These teams will be drawn in two groups with 7 Teams each. The league which is an ‘All Play All’ in each group, will be in two rounds with the first round being played in the first semester and the second round in the second semester. At the end of the UGBL group stages, the 2 best teams from each group will play in the Top 4 Competition.
UGBL: A Building Block for Team UG
The inception of the UG Basketball League during the 2014/2015 academic year has had tremendous impact for continued success on the performance on Team UG. The team has seen unbeaten run in all tourney since 2016 in the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games, Mini GUSA Games, Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges Games (UPAC) and Federation of African Universities Sports (FASU).
The Basketball Coach, Mr. Eric Ankamah Agyapong noted that this year’s exercise is of much interest to him because three experienced players– Captain Joel Kwame Opoku, Gracefield Annobah Attoh and Maxwell Osei Bonsu – have completed their undergraduate studies and their replacement is needed as well as getting other good players to augment the team.
Mr. Eric also remarked that the female team is good; however, it is his vision to see them excel to be at par with the male team. He added that he has a strategy in place which will address some key issues such as their mental toughness and tactical astuteness.
“I have watched the female team closely and I have identified the areas they fall short. I have penciled some strategies that will help develop their mental toughness, physical play, tactical and technical astuteness. I want to see them compete at the top level just as their male counterparts.”
He further added that the admission of some Basketball ladies through the University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS) will inject some positive competition in the team which he hopes to capitalize on to strengthen the team.
He urged all participating players to give off their best and exhibit good sportsmanship on the
Promotion & Coverage
As part of a wider campaign to whip up participation and support in all activities carried out by the Sports Directorate, predict and swim/gym promo has been introduced for students and the University community to participate. Winners will have the opportunity to use the Wellness and Recreation facilities of the Sports Directorate for two weeks.
There will be live updates on Sports Directorate’s social media handles (Facebook: @UG Sports Directorate, Twitter & Instagram: sports_ug) and periodic updates on its website www.sports.ug.edu.gh.com. Radio Univers 105.7 and other sister radio stations will also cover the event and inform the University community and the general public.
Credit: John Acquaful/universnewsroom.com