MEMBERS of the University of Ghana (UG) sports team bagged seven medals, consisting five gold, one silver and bronze at the ninth edition of the Federation of African University Sports (FASU) Games which ended on Sunday, June 8, 2018, at the Mekelle University in Ethiopia.
The University for Development Studies (UDS), which participated in the same competition, also won seven gold, one silver and two bronze medals and enabled Ghana to finish third at the 16-country competition.
The UG badminton team won two gold and silver, the tennis team won two gold medals and a bronze while the basketball team also successfully defended the title they won two years ago in South Africa.
The basketball team was crowned champions for the second time running after beating Welkite University of Ethiopia 69-55 in the semi-final before snatching the ultimate from Ndeje University of Uganda after beating them 61-53.
In the tennis competition, the UG team thrashed host Makelle University 6-0, 6-0 in the men’s singles event while the women beat Ndeje University 6-0, 6-0 to progress to the semi-fnals.
For their part, the UDS team grabbed gold in the women’s 400m event, men’s 200m, as well as the men’s 400m race.
The team, led by the Director of Sports, Dr Bella Bello Bitugu, head of the coaching unit, Henry Nii Sackey and Registrar at the sports directorate, Regina Asare Boateng, arrived in the country yesterday to a mammoth welcome for their achievement.
Speaking to the media at the Kotoka International Airport yesterday, Dr Bitugu said: “Our success is as a result of many things including good policy, management, administration continuous restocking of the athletes and by dint of hard work and we are excited for this achievement.
The UG team was made up of Selasi Tamakloe, Daniel Sam, Naa Shika Adu, Jeff Bagerbaseh, Gerald Sappor, Abibu Aninu Adias, Amoah-Acheampong Emmanuel, Joel Opoku-Tham, Okoe Johnson N A Joseph, Gracefilled Anobabaah Attoh, Rafiq Braimah and Maxwell Osei Bonsu.
In all, 47 universities from 16 countries competed in nine sporting events: athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, football, tennis, table tennis handball and volleyball at the competition organised biennially.