The Bolgatanga Polytechnic on Saturday beat Takoradi Technical University by lone goal to emerge the overall Soccer winner of this year’s 11th Ghana Polytechnic Sports Association Games (GHAPSA), which ended in Bolgatanga.
The Bolgatanga Polytechnic team scored the only goal in the 67th minute through Mohammed Adongo.
The host Polytechnic community went into thunderous jubilation after woefully performing in the other track and field events, making the win in the soccer their biggest consolation.
Accra Technical University got the first position with 12 gold medals, three silver and seven bronze medals, followed by the Kumasi Technical University, with nine gold medals, six silver and six bronze.
The Takoradi Technical University came third, with five gold, 18 silver and 12 bronze medals, whilst the Koforidua Technical University took the fourth position with five gold, four silver and four bronze medals.
The rest are the Cape Coast Technical University, which came fifth with three Gold, three silver, and three bronze medals.
Whilst the Bolgatanga Polytechnic took the sixth position with three gold, a silver and bronze each.
The Tamale Technical University came seventh and took home two gold, one silver and seven bronze.
The Sunyani Technical University got the eighth position with one gold and one silver, whilst the Ho Technical University which secured the ninth position took home two silver and two bronze. The Wa Polytechnic was 10th and took home only a bronze.
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr Robert Ajene called on the government and other organizations to assist the country’s Polytechnics, which are now technical universities with sports facilities to help boost the growth of sports in the country.
He observed that most of the Polytechnics, which have now been upgraded into technical universities, lacked befitting sport facilities and cited the absence of a stadium, which compelled the Bolgatanga Polytechnic which is the host of this year’s event to organize the event at the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School.
The nine-day event brought eight technical universities and two Polytechnics in all the ten regions in the country together to compete in various sporting disciplines including football soccer, volleyball, table tennis, and athletics among others.
The Chairman who lauded the sportsmen and sportswomen for exhibiting high discipline and professionalism in the various activities, entreated them to let it reflect wherever they found themselves particularly after completing their various programmes.
The Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, Dr Atinga Mba, said the Bolgatanga Polytechnic was very grateful for hosting the event and said the event apart from contributing to socialization and friendship, would also help in contributing to enhance the academic performance of students.
The Vice Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, Professor Samuel Alnaa who underscored the need for the remaining two polytechnics to be upgraded into Technical Universities, commended the Bolgatanga Polytechnic for emerging the soccer champions at the competition.