The Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) has finally selected its National Male and Female teams for the Africa Seniors Table Tennis Championships scheduled for Kinshasa, DR Congo, from November 20 to 30. A release signed by GTTA's Secretary General, Kwame Amponfi Jnr., has said.
The selection was done after two (2) days of all-play-all competition dubbed Hathiramani Top 16, which was sponsored by the Managers of D. G. Hathiramani Estate (Dr. S. A. Quaye and Mr. Emmanuel Okai) with support from Aqua-In Limited.
The following players make up the male and female teams in order of ranking and respective match details.
For the male team Eric Agyemang (Ghana Police Service), Derek Tawiah Abrefa (Ghana Immigration Service), Bernard Joe Sam (CEPS), Felix Lartey (Ghana Immigration Service).
The four (4) emerged ahead of 12 other top national ranked players, who also competed strongly.
In the ladies category, Afua Oforiwah Owusu-Agyei (CEPS), Akosua Ketu (Central Region, Beatrice Gyasi (Ghana Police), Bernice Borquaye (Ghana Navy – Takoradi).
The named female players gained their selection after beating four other top national ranked players.
The GTTA Technical Committee selected the team based on the all-play-all criteria; * Each match won attracted 2 points, while a match loss was credited with 1 point. * In all cases where there was a tie, players respective positions were determined in accordance with ITTF rules and regulations on match competitions.
In another development, the Manageress of the National Sports Council Canteen,
Mrs. Arsha Taimako has offered to provide special Natural Fruit Juice for the selected team throughout their camping period.
This is in addition to her two-day special lunch provided for the team.
The Association kindly requests for more support, both in cash and in kind, from public spirited individuals and organisations, to ensure the successful preparations of the Black Loopers towards the Africa Seniors Championship.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the team will depart for Congo on November 21, with support from the National Sports Council, and the Ministry of Education Science and Sports.