Ghana’s top seed, Derek Abrefa, won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award after toppling all contestants in the Edo State Open Championship which was held in Edo state, Nigeria.
The three-day tourney (November 30 to December 3) saw the student of the University of Cape Coast and a personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service, dazzle on the board, facing stiff competition from Nigeria’s finest.
Abrefa, who is ranked 13th in Africa, maneuvered his way through to the finals but faced his toughest challenge in the final, against second highest ranked player of Edo State, Ogieva Oriakhi, but defied the odds and defeated him( Oriakhi) by 3-1 to win the ultimate prize of the tournament.
In an interview with sportscrusader.com from his base in Edo state, Abrefa expressed his joy over winning the ultimate prize and revealed that he is aiming at becoming the top seed in Africa. He vowed to continue training hard to lift his career and raise the flag of Ghana high.
He said: “I’m very happy to have won that competition and will like to thank God almighty for this achievement.
“I was invited to participate in the tournament during my one-month training tour of Nigeria. It has been a good exercise after going through some series of tactical training.
“I will thank ASKY Airline for supporting me on this training tour and also show great appreciation to executives of Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) and sponsors which includes Mr. Mawuko Afadjinu (President, GTTA), Kenneth Ashigbey (Vice President, GTTA & M. D, Graphic Communications Group Limited), Mr. Charles Tachie-Manson(Manager of Tesano TT club), Mr. Eliot Agyare (Manager of EMEFS TT Club), Chief Superintendent Theophillous Laryea (OIC Enforcement Unit Of Ghana Immigration Service), Daniel Apark (Director of Sport, University of Cape Coast) , Vincent Chuka (CEO Goodies Nigeria Limited) and all those who helped to make this tour a successful one.”
Abrefa revealed that he is planning to embark on a 36-day training tour in China in February 2017 and appealed to organisations and individuals for support.