Table tennis: Kwabi, Abrefa win Grandmasters Championship

BY: Kwame Larweh
Derek Abrefa displaying his prizes after winning the men’s competition
Derek Abrefa displaying his prizes after winning the men’s competition

Former national champion Derek Abrefa produced glimpses of his heyday to defeat Felix Lartey 3-2 to win the men's Grandmasters Table Tennis Championship held at the DG Hathiramani Hall of the Accra Stadium last Thursday.

In a thrilling and nerve racking final, favourite Lartey, who had thrashed national champion Emmanuel Commey 3-0 in the preliminary round, allowed Abefa to fight back from a 1-2 set deficit to win 3-2 with a master class performance that silenced his opponent's supporters.

Abrefa claimed the winner's trophy in addition to a prize money of GH¢1,500 and the title of Grandmasters champion.

Lartey received GH¢1,200 as the runner-up while Bernard Joe Sam and Emmanuel Asante took home GH¢700 each for finishing in third and fourth positions, respectively.

The novelty competition, organised by the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), featured 10 best male and 10 best female table tennis players in the country.

Cynthia steals show

The female competition also produced a surprise winner as national top seed Eva Adom Amankwaa watched her fiercest rival Cynthia Kwabi stage a strong comeback from 2-0 to win the final by 3-2 sets to be crowned the new women's Grandmasters champion.

Cynthia took home the winner's trophy and a cash prize of GH¢1,500, while Eva received GH¢1,200, with Bernice Borquaye and child prodigy Blessing Labanti taking home GH¢700 each for placing third and fourth, respectively.

The Second Vice President of the GTTA, Mr Kwaku Frimpong , noted that the year 2021 had been a wonderful year for table tennis as the third most played sport in the country, with Ghanaian players showing a lot of promise.

"We have organised competition after competition, participated in world and African competitions and excelled at our talent hunting project," he stated.

He called for more support to make table tennis grow and become an avenue to create revenue for the state while providing jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.