Tennis: Okantey for South Africa draw

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Reginald Okantey
Reginald Okantey

Ghana’s tennis sensation, Reginald Okantey, has qualified for the main draw of the African Junior Championship (AJC) slated for South Africa after maintaining his form during the qualifiers in Lome, Togo.

Okantey joined Nigerian duo Michael Ayoola and Michael Osewa, as well as  Jadoun Nicolas from Senegal and Ivorian Coulibaly Wilfried, as athletes who qualified for the main competition in March.

Ghana presented 12 athletes to  compete  with  11 athletes from other sub-regional  nations  in Togo, but managed to secure only one qualifying for the main tournament.

After qualifying for the AJC for the second time, Okantey said  he  had played  with many  of the players  who would be  participating in the tournament and was therefore hopeful of winning  a medal for Ghana in South Africa.

“I am happy I have qualified for AJC again, I know many  of the players and my target now is to do  my best to make sure that I get a medal for Ghana,” Okantey said in an interview.

Coach Noah Bagerbaseh  described the performance of the youngsters as excellent, saying they would improve a lot in their next outing.

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“It was a decent performance by the youngsters; Reginald did  very well. Our preparation for this championship has really been excellent,”  he said.