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30.10.2008 Tennis

Abrefa, Ketu are champions

By The Statesman

Ghana Immigration Service star Derek Abrefa proved to be too hot to handle win the National Table Tennis 2008 Open when he beat all opposition to claim his fourth title on the trot in the series of events organised by the Ghana Table Tennis Association.

Akosua Ketu, the Sunyani Poly student from Agona Swedru who has been on the quite for some time came back to win the lady's event beating Beatrice Gyasi of the Police, Francisca Amankrah of the Ghana Fire Service and Cynthia Kwabi at the final. She took home 250.00 GHC plus a golden trophy.

Abrefa went home with 300.00 GHC plus a giant trophy after beating Courage Naneve and Acquah Aikins both of the Ghana Navy at the quarter and semi final respectively, before thrashing Raymond Donkor of the Ghana Police at the grand final.

The event which was sponsored by the National Sports Council attracted 131 competitors, comprising 75 males and 56 females from all over the country and the security services.

Other supporters of the programme were Mallas Ice Company who gave 150 tee shirts, the golden trophies, creates of minerals and 100.00 GHC to the best worker at the GTTA, Mr. Nathaniel Korley, a National Service Personnel.

COB- A Industries also donated Standard mineral water.

Mr . Charles James Ayeh, Chief Administrative Officer of the NSC commended the GTTA for organising the event and charged the technical men in the game to be fair, firm and train the players to be respectful, law abiding and patriotic.

He adviced the players to be disciplined and aspire to be the best in Africa and the world.

Sqd Ldr(rtd Ebo Bartels thanked the sponsors and the technical committee for making the championship a success.

Kwame Amponfi Jnr, Secretary General of the GTTA appealed to corporate bodies to support the sport which has the potential of grabbing medals for the nation at international games.

 He praised the media for the support and all who contributed to make the Open successful.