Ping-pong: Agbottah targets Chairman's Cup title

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Hilda Agbottah
Hilda Agbottah

One of the nation's formidable table tennis players, Hilda Agbottah, has promised to win the female title in this year's Chairman's Cup competition.

The Chairman's Cup competition, which is organised annually to formally 'set the ball rolling' for table tennis activities in the year, comes off on Saturday, February 15, at the Fantasy Dome in Accra.

Hilda's optimism stems from the backdrop of her exploits at the just-ended Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games, where she won two gold and a silver for the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

She told Graphic Sports in an interview that, "I have a very high expectation this year and it's starts with the Chairman's Cup.
"I am hopeful of winning that tournament because of my performance at the GUSA Games where I won three medals for my institution. It has motivated me to train harder for the upcoming tournament," she revealed.

The in-form player, who placed fourth in last year's Chairman's Cup tournament, was unfazed by the threats of her opponents such as Celia Baah-Danso and Eva Adom Okyere who are strong contenders in the competition.

"I am not scared of any opponent. In fact, I beat the then top seed, Celia Baah-Danso to help my team (Ghana Immigration Service) win the 2018/2019 Stanbic Bank National Table Tennis League and prove my critics wrong by winning convincingly to lift the trophy for my team," she boasted.

Hilda, the 2018 PIPIRO National Table Tennis Championship runner-up, observed that she had improved in the game and was now very focused.

"Initially, when I lose a game, I become demotivated and feel like quitting. But now upon advice from other top personalities in the fraternity and that of my husband, I am now aiming for the top and nothing else."