Sports chairman of University Hall, Dankwah Dennis, has stated how impressed he was after Day 1 of the 2017 Fresher’s games but challenged the sports directorate to rectify one challenging issue.
Day one of the First Year Games on KNUST campus was surrounded with a lot of interesting moments, with Unity Hall (Conti) winning it big by thrashing Republic Hall by 4-0 in the final. University Hall (Katanga) lost out by 3-1 to Republic Hall (Mongols) in the semifinals. The much anticipated finals between Conti and Katanga couldn’t materialize after the latter were shockingly crashed out.
Sports Director, Dr. Anthony Adjei Tetteh-Oppai did acknowledge the quality the first year’s showcased after day 1. He fell in love with the rousing welcome and support the various halls gave to their players, and called for equal attention to be meted to the the KNUST soccer team.
Fair enough, many were impressed with the organization, standard of play and level of comportment but one basic problem that kept running on the lips of almost all the technical men was playing consecutive games without enough rest.
It took the courage of Dankwah Dennis, Sports Chairman of University Hall to register his displeasure.
He stated that, the nature of the game is such that legs get tired after every game. However, asking the players to play consecutive games will only curtail the quality in the games played, as they will be tired.
Speaking exclusively to Focus FM after his side’s shocking defeat to Republic Hall, he said;
“Even though I congratulate my rival Karim of Conti for winning the tournament, I want to also use this opportunity to address the problem of why we play two games before the final.”
“Everyone could see how fatigue played into our defeat. We played 30mins each half and were given few minutes to rest for two consecutive games before the final,” he stated.
“Had we even won the game against Repu, we would probably have lost against Conti because the players might be tired which will play into the advantage of Conti who had played only one game.”
“So I want all hands to be joined so that the sports directorate will address this problem for us”. He added.
We look forward to hear from the Sports Directorate on this issue soon. Follow Focus 94.3 fm for more updates.