Former national star, Lord Fiifi Kingful, beat fellow veteran Emmanuel Daitey 3-2 in the final of a special tournament staged by veterans of the game to honour retiring national team coach, Anthony Owusu-Ansah.
Joseph Osei thrashed Justice Nkrumah Ninson 3-0 to finish third. Winners were rewarded with cash prizes and a trophy for the overall winner, Lord Fiifi Kingful.
The competition, staged last Monday at the D.G. Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium, attracted 30 retired national stars and other active players. Other players included Christopher King, president of the Veteran Table Tennis Association of Ghana (VTTAG) and Charles Tachie-Menson, co-founder of Asoba Table Tennis Foundation.
Mr King eulogised the national coach for his invaluable service to the sport and noted that he was a personality who needed to be celebrated well.
He said Mr Owusu-Ansah had ensured Ghana won a bronze medal at the 15th All Africa Games in Brazzaville and also led the national team to win numerous laurels internationally.
“The good training skills he gave to our current players has ensured that they are ranked high on the continent”, Mr King said.
Mr Owusu-Ansah, who will be retiring this year after working with the National Sports Authority for 39 years, for his part, expressed his gratitude to the veterans for honouring him, adding that he would continue to make his expertise and experience available to the sport .
“I am forever married to the game, and I don’t think I would ever divorce ping pong. Ping pong is in my blood,” stated the national coach.