21.03.2003 Sports News

Nana Yaw leads ping-pong ranking

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Nana Yaw Boateng, the latest sensation on the local table tennis scene, has been ranked first among a list of eight senior male players released by the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA).

The monthly ranking was based on the performance of players at the ATL championship held at Koforidua last month.

Then virtually unknown among the competitors, Boateng, a third-year student of Koforidua Secondary Technical, stunned his rivals, which included former national top stars, Solomon Akonor and Courage Nanevie, to rise to the height of the competition.

By the grading system adopted by the GTTA, he topped the pack with 10 points, while the next seven players received eight, six, five, four, three, two and one point respectively.

Following Boateng in the men’s ranking in second to eight places respectively are Kofi Larbi (Greater Accra), Courage Nanevie (Ghana Navy), Solomon Akonor (Ghana Navy), David Mills (Greater Accra), Joseph Osei (Greater Accra), Mark Agyei (Eastern) and Gama Narh (Central).

In the women ranking, Esther Lamptey of Ghana Police, who also won the women’s division of the ATL Championship, remains on top with 10 points.

Efua Oforiwaa (Central), Beatrice Gyasi (Ashanti), Rahel Ako (Greater Accra), Lynda Annor (Greater Accra) Florence Sarpong (Fire Service), Gertrude Amui (Greater Accra) and Olivia Ahiagbega (Volta) follow in that order in second to eighth places.

The boys Under 17 ranking list has Tweneboa Kodua (Greater Accra), Eric Addo (Greater Accra), Ali Mohammed (Central), Samuel Akayede (Eastern), Dominic Pabi (Eastern), Alex Acheampong (Eastern), Samuel Opoku (Eastern) and Isaac Eshun (Central) occupying the first to eighth places in that order.

The girls Under 17 has Lucy Addo (Central), Augustina Darko (Eastern), Partricia Anku (Central), and Eva Ampah (Eastern) in the first four places respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Gloria Asafo Adjei (Eastern), Sophia Mills (Eastern), Deborah Allotey (Greater Accra) and Regina Quartey (Greater Accra) in that order.

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