After two days of keenly contested basketball competition by 20 schools across six regions in Ghana which encompassed twelve schools for the Men’s division with eight schools in the women’s division, Mfantsipim defied all odds as they ended their losing streak in the finals of the 2019 edition of the Sprite Ball Championship after defeating Accra based West African Senior High School in the final by 35 – 16
Mfantsipim School started their campaign by beating Volta Region’s Keta Business College and St John’s School in the group stage.
They went ahead to defeat bitter rivals Adisadel College in the quarter final and won the semifinal game against defending champions PRESEC Osu which saw the Botwe boys sail through to the final of the competition in a story that came as no surprise to many as they battled it out with West Africa Senior High School in the final and emerged as the victors for the championship with a 35-16 score after the game.
Coach of Mfantsipim School, Mr. Isaac Mensah, after the game told Univers News that his team worked hard for the trophy
“This trophy means a lot for us, we worked hard for it because we needed the fifth trophy, I heard my opponent were good but they were also going to meet a good side”
Also, Kumasi Girls’ Senior High School also defended their title after beating Mfantsiman Girls in the final of the women’s division by 22-14.
They become the second school to win the title back to back after Sacred Heart SHS chalked same success in 2009 and 2010.
Coach Zibo Brown of Kumasi Girls SHS, in an interview with Univers News after their campaign, stressed on how poised they were to defend the title and the how delighted he was.
“I realized it wasn’t going to be easy for us especially being the defending champions but knowing my girls and the training I invested in them I was very sure we were going to defend the title, Iam very happy that at the end of the day my time invested in this was not in vain”
Most Valuable Player (Men’s Division) – Samuel Owusu, Mfantsipim School
Most Valuable Player (Women’s Division) – Abigail Gyamfi, Kumasi Girls’ SHS
Best Coach – Isaac Kobina Mensah (Mfantsipim School)
Best Coach (Women’s Division) – Zibo Brown, Kumasi Girls SHS
Story by: Kweku Eshun/universnewsroom.com