Student leader of athletes from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Benoni Teye, is confident that his colleagues will bounce back in the ongoing Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games.
Ghana Institute of Journalism are making a debut appearance in the competition and the performance of their teams in football and basketball has so far been unimpressive.
Both their male basketball and football teams are yet to taste victory in the competition.
In basketball, GIJ’s team suffered a humiliating 103-08 defeat against host school University of Ghana in their first game.
Matters were a bit better for the school in football as they managed to deny the University of Health and Allied Sciences the chance of scoring goals as they equally could not find the net.
GIJ however lost to UHAS in penalties.
In a similar fashion, they lost to Tarkwa-based University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) on penalties after a one-all draw.
In an interview with the GIJ SRC Sports Secretary, Benoni Teye indicated that he was particularly happy to be part of the Games.
He added that he was impressed with the male football team of the school.
“I’m so much impressed with the school’s football team. We’ve played two games so far. The very first one was a goalless draw and we lost on penalties. The second one too, it was a one-all draw and then we lost on penalties. I feel it is a good achievement. No team in GUSA has been able to accumulate two points in two games. I feel we are doing something great, people should give us time for we are here to cause upset,” he said in an interview with Univers TV.
On comments that the GIJ team did not prepare adequately enough ahead of the competition following the outcome of their basketball game against University of Ghana, Benoni Teye indicated that the team had to rely on another set of players as the core team members were unavailable due to injury.
“We do not really have the facilities like UG has so we have been training on our own but the interesting thing is that, we have players who could really play but those players got injured even before we came here and we had to use the other side of our team. It wasn’t as if we came here wanting to be disgraced or whitewashed,” Benoni explained.
The Ghana Institute of Journalism are partaking in three sporting disciplines – Football, Basketball and Athletics.
The basketball team of the Accra-based school will playing against their counterparts from the University of Energy and Natural Resources who are equally yet to win a game in the category on Wednesday.
GIJ’s football team will also be looking forward defying odds on Wednesday when they face Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Ajax Park 1.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | UniversNews