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26.09.2003 Sports News

Ghanaian team ready for Games - coach

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Accra, Sept 26, GNA - Sensei Samuel Kodzo Akpalu coach of Ghana Karate-Do national team (GKA) has assured Ghanaians that his team will do well at the 8th All African Games slated for Abuja from October 4 to 18.

He said this when the GNA Sports visited the team at the Kanashie Sports Complex, where they are camping in preparation "African Olympics."

"Karate is not like football where all the teams would vie for one cup, but the only sport in the world where one player can win as many gold medals as possible, depending on one's smartness", the coach said. He said the team is now stronger than ever and it is ready to participate in any tournament and come out with distinction, adding that there are countless invitations from Europe and the United States of America waiting for his team after the All African Games.

In a related development, Sensei Gabriel O. China popularly known as Sensu Goby, the continental co-ordinator and chief of Shotokan karate International of African Federation (S.K.I.A.F.) has expressed satisfaction with the level of preparation and dedication of the Ghana Karate-Do players.

He said it was a positive development and was optimistic that Ghana would make an impact at the Games if the high level of dedication is maintained.

Sensei Goby, a direct student of Kanazawa Shihan Kancho of Japan, the only living pioneer of Martial Art in the world has been with the national karate-do association for the past seven weeks, assisting them in training.

Sensei Goby, who is "the Father of West African Karate-Do and has over 100 clubs in Nigeria alone said he would bring the living legend to Ghana next year.

He said his former students include former Karate-Do chairman, Sensei Ben Selormey and current Karate-Do coach, Sensei Samuel Kudzo Akpalu. 26 Sept 03

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