Ghana won bronze at the just ended African Juniors and Cadets Table Tennis Championship held in Cairo, Egypt from 13th-17th April, 2009. The medal was won in the cadet boys team event category with Ghana’s pair of Samuel Akayade and Emmanuel Asante all from Koforidua Secondary Technical School.
The Junior Team which included the current National Champion, Felix Lartey also gave a good account of themselves by beating top Junior players in Africa to improve upon Ghana’s Africa ranking from 9th to 7th out of 45 Table Tennis Nations in Africa.
The Cadet Girls team also emerged 6th at the end of the tournament. In all, 14 countries participated in the championship.
In the Juniors Singles African ranking, as at 6th April 2009, Ghana’s current National Junior Boys Champion; Felix Lartey of GIS ranks 7th while comfort Adjoa Ampah of Winneba Zion Senior High and Cynthia Kwabi of GIS placed 17th and 18th respectively in Africa.
In the Cadet Singles African ranking, Ghana’s current Cadet Champion Samuel Akayade of Koforidua Sec. Tech ranks 4th while Dorothy Oboubi also of Winneba Zion Senior High School ranks 15th in Africa.
Ghana’s team to the April 2009 African Juniors and Cadets Championship comprised; Bartels, Ebenezer Fritz Gerald Ebo-GTTA Chairman; Amponfi Jnr, Kwame- Team Manager and Secretary General of GTTA; Owusu-Ansah, Anthony- GTTA Head Coach and Sports Council regional Coach for Eastern Region;
Abrefa Derek Tawiah, Lartey Felix, Kwabi Cynthia all Junior Players from GIS, Accra; Mensah Philip-Junior Player from Kwanyako Sec Tech; Akayade Samuel, Asante Emmanuel and Gloria Asafo-Adjei all Cadet Players from Koforidua Sec Tech; Davies Isaac of Cape Coast Catholic Jubilee School; Darbah Michael from Winneba A.M.E ZION Jnr High School and Oboubi Dorothy of Winneba A.M.E Zion Senior High School all Cadet Players.
The Ghana Table Tennis Association wishes to humbly emphasize that, for Ghana to catch up with the present table tennis top nations in Africa (Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria etc), the Government, Companies and Individual Philanthropists must urgently assist the Association with the following; recruitment of more competent table tennis coaches, construction and stocking of regional table tennis halls, funding of more regional and national championships, acquisition of more ITTF Certified play equipment (rubbers and blades) as well as occasional cash and kind motivation of players and coaches.
The Association is indeed grateful to the National Sports Council and the Ministry of Youth & Sports especially the Minister, Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak for ensuring Ghana’s successful participation in the African Championship. We are again grateful to the Ghanaian media (Print and Electronic) for successfully promoting table tennis in Ghana.