21 Jun 2019

Led by Derek Abrefa with Felix Lartey, Bernard Joe Sam and Emmanuel Commey in support, four years ago at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville, Ghana exceeded all expectations; a men’s team bronze medal was the hard earned but somewhat surprise reward.

Now Ghana prepares to repeat the feat at the 2019 edition to be staged in Rabat, Morocco from Tuesday 20th to Friday 30th August.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Established names will no doubt gain ultimate selection but in order to give young players the opportunity to show their skills, trials will be held at the D. G. Hathiramani Hall located in the Accra Sports Stadium, where some 49 players, comprising 30 men and 19 women, have been invited under the supervision of Anthony Owusu Ansah, the national head coach.

In addition to the established players, most notably Joseph Amissah, a left handed pen-holder has been invited alongside Augustine Baidoo, Desmond Osei, Samuel Hagan, Godwin Nyarko Aseku and Daniel Tawiah. All impressed recently in April at the African Junior and Cadet Championships.

Augustine Baidoo, a chance to make his mark (Photo: courtesy of Olalekan Okusan)

 

Meanwhile, Celia Baah-Danso, the current Sports Writers Association of Ghana player of the year and recent Liebherr 2019 World Championships participant has been invited alongside the experienced Cynthia Kwabi, Eva Adom-Amankwaa, Hilda Asare and Eva Ampah. The notable female junior names on the list are Augustina Baidoo, Millicent Ankude, Matilda Fodu and Diana Opoku; all rapidly improving players.

Worthy contenders for national team places but one name stands out, listed at no.411 on the current Cadet Girls’ World Rankings, 10-year-old Emmanuella Yaa Kyere is present.

Emmanuella Yaa Kyere is a name to note (Photo: courtesy of Olalaken Okusan)

 

The first series of matches which comprise the trials will be held from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th July, the second from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th July and the third on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th July.

2019 African Games