The morale of the sportsmen and women of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), currently in camp ahead of the 2022 Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games, was boosted massively when the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, and some Management Members of the University paid a surprise visit to their camp on November 2, 2022.
In addition to taking advantage of the visit to announce provisions the University had made to ensure the smooth participation of the teams in the games, the Vice-Chancellor was unrestrained in sharing words of encouragement with the athletes to charge the atmosphere in the camp.
“Your opponents are not better than you; you are the best; be bold and do not underestimate your abilities and potentials going into the games. Go for the gold,” he charged them, following which there was spontaneous applause from the athletes in response.
He assured the teams of the confidence management and the entire University community have in them to perform excellently at the games, hinting that he and the management members would find time to visit and support them during the games. In that regard, he encouraged members of the university community to rally together to support the teams to victory.
Meanwhile, Prof. Sarfo reminded the team that the image of AAMUSTED was at stake in their conduct and behaviour. He encouraged them to do the University proud. “You need to be guided by tenets like self-discipline, teamwork, respect for one another and even your opponents, and obedience to the rules and regulations regarding the GUSA Games to be successful, he urged them.
The Vice-Chancellor recalled the many processes of selection and training the athletes had gone through thus far. “This is the moment you need to justify all the efforts you have put in to come this far, do not wait for anyone or situation to motivate you; self-motivation is what you need and what I am confident you have already found. Go and do yourselves and your university proud,” he charged them.
He expressed appreciation to the organisers and the national leadership of GUSA for maintaining the high standards of the GUSA Games over the years and commended the AAMUSTED Coach, Baba Apidogo, whom he described as “ever-hardworking,” the various trainers of the AAMUSTED teams, and the Chairman of the AAMUSTED Amalgamated Sports Club, Mr. Alfred Morrison for their dedication to duty.
Accompanying the Vice-Chancellor to the camp were the Registrar, Mr. Augustus Brew, and the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Philip Oti-Agyen.
The over 150 sportsmen, women, and officials would end their camping on Friday, November 4, 2022, after a two-week intensive residential preparations, and head to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to begin AAMUSTED’s debut participation in the GUSA Games.
The AAMUSTED teams would seek to annex some medals and trophies in the various sporting events they would be competing in, including athletics, tennis, ping-pong, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, and hockey.
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