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Tennis News of Friday, 28 February 2003

Source: GNA

Eric Amoah tops all.

Eric Amoah, a Holland-based Ghanaian Table Tennis player on Wednesday topped seven other players, including one other foreign based player to win a round robin Table Tennis Tourney dubbed: "GTTA WHO IS WHO Tournament" at the Accra Sports Stadium Sports Hall.

The tournament which, is aimed at selecting a squad for the World Table Tennis Championship slated for France in May, was played among the eight best players in the country.

Amoah, three-time national champion from 1997-1999 won most of the games he played to emerge as the champion with 13 points while Courage Nineveh placed second with 12 points.

Nana Yaw Boateng the new sensation and the National ATL Table Tennis Champion for 2003, could not maintain his position in the "WHO IS WHO TOURNEY" as he fell two places down to pick the third position with 11 points.

Kofi Larbi also had 11 points but placed fourth while London based Eric Hammond had 10 points to win the fifth position with Joe Osei taking the sixth position by nine points.

Solomon Akunnor, former national champion and captain of the Golden Loppers failed live up to expectation and recover form defeat at the hands of Nana Yaw Boateng in the recent ATL Championship, when he placed a disappointing seventh position with nine points and David Mills also picked the eight position with Nine points.

Speaking to the GNA Sports in a post tournament interview, Amoah said he is delighted to have emerged as the champion in the tournament, which featured seven other best players in the country.

Amoah said with his new status, he is going to improve upon his training to ensure that the nations makes a good representation at the World Championship to be held in May in France.

He assured the nation of a medal in the Africa Seniors Cup slated for Senegal in July and the All Africa Games to be held Abuja in September this year.

Commenting on his future, the Champion said he has now been given an accreditation to play full time tennis in Holland and he would soon leave to start his career.

He said playing outside is the only way to enhance performance in the game as well as make money from it as a profession.

Earlier in the day, a fight between fans from Accra and Koforidua temporarily halted proceedings at the tournament when supporters of Nana Yaw Boateng of Koforidua Secondary Technical School, trailing Eric Amoah, refuse to allow Boateng to continue play on grounds that he was being cheated.

This infuriated followers of Amoah, most of whom are Accra-based, alleging that the destruction was a calculated attempt by supporters of Boateng to save him from a possible defeat.

Enquiries by GNA Sports revealed that Boateng was not showing the ball before serving which Amoah protested on a number of occasions of which some points were subsequently deducted.

Tension calmed down later for the tourney to continue and ended successfully.