The Ghana Table Tennis Association has released the eight top rankings of its national senior players in both men and women categories as part of the on-going preparations ahead of future local and international competitions.
The ranking is the second in a series, after the D.G Hathiramani Memorial Open Championship held in November 2007.
The ranking exercise was sponsored by Squadron Leader Ebo Bartels, Chairman of the GTA during a two- day "knock-out and all-play-all" National Open Championship held at the D.G Hathiramani Sports Hall, Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra on April 25 and 26.
The men's division in order of ranking are as follows:Derek Abrefa (Ghana Immigration Service), Christian Aboagye (Ghana Police Service), Ernest Quarcoo (Greater Accra Region), Eric Addo (CEPS), Bernard Joe Sam (CEPS), Mohammed Ali Jnr (Agona Swedru, Central Region), Emmanuel Commey (Ghana Immigration Service), Lamptey Mills (Ghana Police Service)
The women's category are: Bernice Borquaye (Ghana Armed Force - Navy Takoradi), Lynda Annor (Ghana Immigration Service), Akosua Ketu (Agona Swedru - Central Region), Eva Ampah (Koforidua - Eastern Region), Abigail Tetteh (Ghana Immigration Service), Efia Oforiwah Owusu - Agyei (CEPS), Dorothy Oboubi (A.M.E Zion Senior High School, Winneba - Central Region)
Comfort Adjoa Ampah (A.M.E Zion Senior High School, Winneba - Central Region).
Missing in the current Men's ranking are some senior players like Eric Agyeman of the Police Buffalo Unit, Solomon Akonnor of CEPS, Asafo Adjei and Essel Kobina, both of the Ghana Air force, who emerged third, fourth, fifth and seventh respectively in the previous ranking.
In the women division, Doreen Nettey of Immigration Service and Francisca Amankrah of the Ghana National Fire Service, have all lost their previous ranking positions of fourth and fifth respectively.
"It is the hope of the Association that players will continue to train hard to sustain the current healthy competition which is emerging in the on-going ranking exercise", Kwame Amponfi Jnr, Secretary General of GTTA, told the Statesport.
He thanked the heads of the sports departments of the Security Services, as well as the Regional Sports Development Officers of National Sports Council, who sponsored their players to participate in the ranking exercise.
He also commended Prince Oduro Mensah, Chief Executive of National Sports Council, for his singular support to the development and promotion of table tennis in the country.