The President of Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), Mr Mawuko Afadzinu, has given an assurance that the association will focus on training 60 Level One coaches professionally next year to improve the technical abilities of players in the country.
Speaking to Daily Graphic in an interview, he said with only two qualified Level Two coaches handling tennis players, it was natural that it would affect the performance of players, hence the need for the association to train more professional coaches.
His comments were made after Derek Abrefa and Emmanuel Commey who won bronze medals at the recently ended West African Table Tennis Championship in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, presented their medals to him.
Four Ghanaian players (two female and two males) participated in the two-day tournament. The females, Linda Annor and Cynthia Kwabi, were eliminated at the quarter-final stages, while their male compatriots progressed to the semi-finals, but failed to make it to the finals, thereby winning bronze medals.
"One of our target is getting about 60 level one coaches to be trained professionally so that they are present in every region of the country. Then we hope to get 15 of that at Level 2, a level which is appreciable.
"As we speak, we do not have two Level 2 coaches in the country, which is a difficult situation and one that we are going to correct quickly from next year," Mr Afadzinu noted.
“On that note, the GTTA is encouraging individuals who are interested in being coaches of the sport to be involved when the training programme starts,” he added.
The marketing guru opined that the initiative was as a result of the country's decision to host the 2023 Africa games, which the GTTA plans of preparing adequately to do better than what they have achieved over the years.
"Getting qualified coaches to be in all the regions of the country will help the young players learn faster and progress quickly in terms of their technical abilities to be able to compete with opponents across the world.
The 2023 African Games will come soon and as an association we want to beef up the technical department to help the players make exploits in that competition," he noted.