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03.04.2003 Sports News

Ghana to host SCSA Zone Three eliminations

By gna
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Ghana would from Saturday April 5 to 12 host the Zone three female elimination series in basketball to select a representative from the zone to the All African Games slated for Abuja, Nigeria later in October this year.

Addressing the press on activities planned for the series, Mr Peter Kpordugbe, Chairman of the Ghana Amateur Basketball Association said similar elimination series would take place in all seven zones of the continent to select a representative to be joined by the host country.

Mr Kpordugbe said the association has selected the Basketball courts at the University of Ghana, Legon and the Aviation Social Centre Courts to host matches.

He said it is unfortunate that out of seven countries in the zone only two, Cote D'Ivoire and Niger are sending teams in addiction Nigeria who would be participating on a non competitive basis as they have automatic qualification as hosts.

He said reason why the association put in a bid to host the competition was to save funds since they would have to travel and also pay participation fees when other countries host the event.

The eliminator for the men is scheduled for Cote D'Ivoire from May 17 to 24.

He said the team has been in camp preparing feverishly for the elimination series and all is going on well as planned.

Mr Kpordugbe said what the team lacked in height they compensate it with their skills and expressed the hope that Ghana would pick the one slot at the end of the series.

He said the association would in conjunction National Sports Council and FIBA-AFRIQUE-AFABA the continental body run Level One and Two coaching clinics from April 6 - 12.

Mr Kpordugbe said the Level One course would be opened to all those with the background of having attended a GOC coaches Course in Physical Education, Diploma or Degree holder from the Winneba or Cape Coast University, Trainers of basketball teams from the security forces and Coaches trainers of basketball clubs.

The level Two would have short listed coaches with FIBA/IOC coaching certificate.

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