The 19th edition of the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Cross Country will commence from the 6th to 9th of November, 2014, at the University of Cape Coast. This competition will see all the public Universities competing for supremacy especially to usurp the University of Ghana Cross Country team, and team Legon is more than ready to prove that we are the champions.
Fifth Time Champions?
The University of Ghana Cross Country male team is looking forward to annex the trophy for the fifth time running, which means they will have the trophy for keeps. The female team came close to winning it last year but University of Cape Coast ensured that did not happen after surpassing the UG female team with just a point to lift the trophy.
Preparation and Contingent-UG
Preparation this year has began in earnest to ensure that all athletes representing University of Ghana are conditioned very well and in the right frame of mind to win laurels and make the University proud. The athletes are in camp already and being fed three square meal a day aside incentives such as beverages, detergents, eggs etc. The University of Ghana will present both male and female teams. The athletes representing the University were all selected from the various Halls during the Inter-hall Cross Country held on the 17th October, 2014. The contingent is made up of ten athletes each, seven officials and one National Service Personnel.
Mr. Anthony Tetteh Opai Optimistic of Victory
The Athletics Coach of the University of Ghana, Anthony Tetteh Opai, is very optimistic of the chances of both teams representing the University.
“I am very confident of the team we are presenting looking at the performances they exhibited during the Inter-hall Cross Country and in training. We have taken the athletes through a lot of drills and techniques which have been tedious than we did in previous competitions and I believe it will be worth it.”
He also mentioned that the athletes, as part of their training, have gone through the route to be used at University of Cape Coast for the competition. He hopes the athletes through this will easily acclimatize to the conditions when they get to Cape Coast on Wednesday.
High Spirit Among Students
The Deputy Captain of the team, David Balami was in high spirit and is looking forward to make the University proud.
“The team is very well prepared and has set a target of winning the ultimate which is the trophy in both categories. We have psyched ourselves in all aspects of the game and the efforts by the Sports Directorate will go a long way to help us achieve the goal we have set.”
University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students’ Immediate Effect
This year’s competition will see University of Ghana present quiet a number of level 100’s (who came through the University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS)) and 200’s who were not selected for last year’s competition in KNUST to taste the competition for the first time.
Our Ladies are Bent on Winning the Trophy
Misiso Yayra Manah, a beneficiary of the UG-PAAS will be leading the UG female team. Rhoda Quaye a member of the University of Ghana Cross Country female team shared her thoughts on the upcoming GUSA Cross Country.
“It’s being a little tough but my team mates have been of tremendous help. I am very excited to be part of the team representing University of Ghana as it is an honour to be in the colours of this noble University. The preparation so far has been the best considering the time we made which was very less compared to our rivals in their Inter-hall Cross Country held on their campuses.”
Source: University of Ghana Sports Directorate