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04.10.2008 Tennis

Ghana To Send 12-Man Tennis Team To DRC

By George Osei -

GHANA hopes to send a contingent of over 12 players and officials to the African table tennis championships to be hosted by the Democratic Republic of Congo between December 8-12 this year.

The team is expected to include eight players of four each in the men and ladies divisions, with two coaches and two umpires also expected to make the trip.

Ghana's team for the competition will be selected based on the national ranking system with inputs from the technical term as they look forward to make a huge impact at the championships.

Players will have the chance to improve on their rankings in the national championships to be staged on October 25 at the D.G. Hathiramani Sports Halls of the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra.

Chairman of the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), Sgn. Leader Ebo Bartels told

Times Sports that the selected players will begin non-residential camping after the national open for four weeks, to be followed by an additional two-week period of residential camping ahead of the African event.

He believes the prospects of Ghana doing well in DR Congo are good as the team is determined to leave a huge impression at the championships.

"The ATL league which ended recently has helped improve standards", he added, expressing the belief that the team will rise up to the challenge by the time they go to the Afazab Championships.