Jackson named captain for team Ghana at Africa Youth Games

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Abeiku Jackson (left) interacting with the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Sowah and other officials of the GOC ahead of the team's departure

Ghanaian swimmer, Abeiku Jackson has been named captain for Ghana’s contingent at the Africa Youth Games to be staged in Algeria.

Jackson, who was selected by the Chef de Mission for the Games, Mr Albert Frimpong, will lead a contingent of 22 athletes for the games which officially begins on Wednesday, July 18 at the National Stadium Complex in Algiers.

Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) president, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah and his vice, Mr Paul Atchoe as well as the CEO of Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA), Mohammed Adjei Sowah, saw the team off as they left for Algeria on Sunday, July 15.

Interacting with the media ahead of the team’s departure, the 18-year-old swimmer called on his colleagues to be disciplined and also respect the rules as well as use the appropriate channels to resolve all grievances.

Ghana will participate in four sporting disciplines at the Games namely athletics, beach volleyball, hockey and swimming.

The athletes will use the Algeria Games as qualifiers to the Olympic Youth Games, which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October.

The athletics team is made up of Yaro Stephen, Diafo Solomon, Gyamfi Regina, MacCarthy Dominic, Opoku Dorcas and Tuffour who will be coached by Mr Paul Kofi at the Games.

The beach volleyball also has Carboo Kelvin Katey, Tsatsu Eric, Awuku Belinda,Berbelie Mavis Akuvi as representatives and they will be coached by Mumuni Moro and Ajanako Edward Seidu .

Quayson Racheal, Addae Gifty, Gbati Asana, Nuatro Esther, Akoto Charity, Otto Eleanor, Okine Rafiyatu, Donkor Rebecca and Copson Harriet form the hockey team and they will be managed by Yarboi Irene and Nsalbini Saliya.

The swimmers are Jackson Abeiku (Team Captain), Poku-Dwumoh Papa Yaw, Sowah Prince Abdullah and Kaya Forson with Jackson Kodwo Abbiw as coach.