The Burma Camp Tennis Club (BCTC) will host their counterparts from the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) Tennis Club of Abuja, Nigeria in the 10th edition of the Bi-annual Independence Day International Friendly Tournament on Saturday, March 16 at the Command Mess Tennis Courts in Burma Camp.
The tournament, which is held twice in a year in Accra and Abuja respectively, is meant to commemorate the Independence of the two West African countries as well as to rekindle the rivalry between them.
Over the years, the hosts have always emerged the overall champions but in October, during Nigeira’s 58th Independence anniversary, the Ghanaians broke the jinx as they defeated the Nigerians in their own backyard to run away with the bragging rights.
What makes this year's tournament more competitive is that members of the IBB Club have avowed to go all out to win massively to redeem their image and to claim their 'big brother' status.
However, chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Group Captain Joshua Mensah-Larkai says his outfit will not be the first to taste defeat from the IBB Club adding “Ghanaians will not surrender Ghana’s independence ‘seniority’ to Nigeria so the tournament is going to be very competitive.”
A scene from last year's competition
The BCTC team includes stars such as its president, Air Commodore A A Appiah, Air Vice Marshall Kadri, Mr Kojo Essel of the GCB Bank (team captain), ACP Agyen Agyemang, Dr Patrick Banka, Mr Abeiku Bentsi, Air Commodore Nana Asante and Mr Emmanuel Sarkodie of CDH.
The rest are Lt Col (Dr) Ntumy (Rtd), Mr J Danso (Albino), Brigadier General George Adjei (Rtd), Dr Albert Awuah Junior, Alhaji Ibrahim Seidu (Wiper), Col Amuzu (Rtd), Messrs Gregory Addah, Charles Dodoo, George Aidoo and Alhaji Imani.
Members of BCTC and IBB Tennis Club in a group picture at the 2018 Independence tournament held in Accra
The IBB have also lined up stars such as team captain Agabi Nkani, AVM Salia Atawodi, Senator Emmanuel Anosike, Mr Yusuf Yahaya, Mr Ossi Agugua, Dr Chijioke Ekechukwu and Ghana national junior tennis champion, Kofi Abankro.
The tournament is sponsored by GCB Bank with support from BAJ Freight Forwarders, Stanbic Bank, CDH Group, Urban Development Consortium, SIC Financial Services, Kasapreko Company Limited, Voltic Mineral Water, Gihoc Distilleries and BEL AQUA.