19 Mar 2019

Present just under one year ago at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; for the first time in 16 years, Ghana will be on duty on the global stage. Derek Abrefa and Celia Baah-Danso will compete in the respective men’s singles and women’s singles events at the forthcoming Liebherr 2019 World Championships.

Play commences on Budapest on Sunday 21st April.

by Olalekan Okusan ITTF-Africa Press Officer

It is for both a major opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the best players in the world as well as learn from the star names in Budapest.

“Competing and playing against some of world’s best players is a great opportunity to show to the world that Ghana has talent especially in table tennis. It is also an opportunity for me to learn new skills in order to raise my game. I am looking forward to the tournament, I will give my best to qualify from the preliminary stage into the main draw and fight my way through to a good position that will make Ghana proud.” Derek Abrefa

A tough task awaits but Derek Abrefa is positive and will no doubt return home stronger for the experience.

“My target is to first top my group in order to get a good draw for the next stage and then plan on how I can progress into the next round of the competition. It will help expose me to newly developed skills, techniques and improve my level of play. I will return and impart these skills on my compatriots hoping that they will also adapt to the skills and techniques that will raise the level of play of my country.” Derek Abrefa

The Liebherr 2019 World Championships in a major target for Derek Abrefa; however, later in the year there are high level events nearer home.

“Competing in the World Championships is an opportunity to test my might against the very best players in the world, as I prepare for this year’s ITTF Africa Cup and African Games later in the year. I am very excited and very determined to play well. I’m at my happiest when it comes to table tennis because I always wish to participate in a big world tournament. Even though some may be better than me and have more experience, I believe I can cause an upset and improve upon my world ranking. I have prepared well.” Derek Abrefa

Presently Derek Abrefa is listed at no.279 on the men’s world rankings.

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