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Players boost Ghanian fortunes

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Published in Table Tennis
Monday, 20 September 2021 00:19

The self-help project was initiated by senior players who have benefited from representing Ghana in major international tournaments.

They were aiming to raise US$800.00 for the tournament but beat all expectations; they generated over US$1000.00.

Also, the tournament was supported by Ping Sans Frontières, an organisation whose goal is to use table tennis as an educational tool worldwide. They provided sponsorship in a form of table tennis rackets, rubbers, and training shirts.

Former Ghana national team player Courage Nenevi, who is currently based in Westchester New York, also provided table tennis rubbers and training shirts to help augment the package for the players.

There were three categories, namely under 11, under 15 and under 19 for both men and women.

Ibrahim Gado, a revelation at the 2019 African Junior Championships held in Accra, confirmed his status as the finest junior player in Ghana.

He claimed the junior boys’ title in a keenly contested match against another upcoming star in James Marfo (11-6, 11-13, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8).

Meanwhile, 14 year old Blessing Labanti won the under 15 girls’ title beating Emerald Bortey in the final (7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9).

The tournament was the idea of Lord Kinful. He gained major support from one of Ghana’s most respected umpires Francis Frimpong as well as Ishmael Armah, Charles Techie-Menson, and Owusu Ansah.

Notably, the organisers also acknowledged the immense support from Ghana Table Tennis Association led by its President, Mawuko Afadzinu.

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