The Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) is all set for the 26th Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Cross Country competition slated at the University of Ghana-Legon from March 30 to April 2, 2023.
The AAMUSTED Team wrapped up more than two weeks of intensive residential camping on Tuesday where they trained feverishly for the championship. Ahead of the residential camping, the University organised an intensely competed inter-hall cross-country championship on March 4, 2023, at its main campus, Kumasi, to select a team to represent it at the University of Ghana tournament. The competing halls were Autonomy, Atwima, and Opoku Ware II, all in Kumasi and Amaniampong on the Asante Mampong Campus of AAMUSTED.
Most of the selected members of the AAMUSTED male team were part of the Ashanti Regional Team that placed third at the National Cross-Country Championship that came off on February 25, 2023, at Savelugu in the Northern Region.
At the University’s maiden participation in the competition’s 25th edition hosted by the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ho, AAMUSTED registered its name as a new major arrival. The AAMUSTED male and female teams shrug off the keen challenge by very experienced teams from other universities to annex the impressive fourth and sixth positions in the respective competitions, with Mr. Noah Womberiche emerging seventh (7th) and receiving a cash prize for his sterling performance.
The University is targeting to win a medal at the UG Championship, a reason the Coordinator of Sports in AAMUSTED, Coach Julius Baba Apidogo, outlined a strict training regimen for the selected team members during the University’s official camping.
At the close of camping, Coach Apidogo encouraged the AAMUSTED team to commit themselves to discipline to achieve greatness for AAMUSTED so their names would remain in the sands of time.
He acknowledged that some members of the team be fatigued after participating in the National Cross-Country, the AAMUSTED justifiers, and camping; therefore, they may need some rest and conditioning to perform at an optimal level at the UG Championship.
“I look at your remarkable completion times upon running 10 kilometers on very challenging routes, and I am happy because, with a little improvement, you shall perform wonders at the GUSA Competition,” he said and assured them that the University would do its best to assist them in their participation in the tournament.
The Director of Academic Affairs of the University, Dr. Charles Baba Campion, commended the students of AAMUSTED for turning out in their numbers to participate in the justifiers.
He encouraged them to train hard and be enthusiastic about their chances at the main championship since that could become the door to their greatness. “Your excellent performance would impact our efforts to popularise the brand AAMUSTED, so you must determine to do well at the tournament in UG,” he said.
The AAMUSTED Team leaves Kumasi on Thursday, March 30, 2023, to University of Ghana-Legon poised to bring honours to AAMUSTED.