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Other Sports of Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

Kumasi Squash Club honours patron

The Kumasi Squash Club has honoured its Life Patron, Nana Yaw Owusu, for actively playing squash for 29 years and helping the club to win various trophies.

In a testimonial match with their counterparts from the Obuasi Squash Club at the Officers Mess in Kumasi last Sunday, the Kumasi Club dismissed their opponents with a 3-0 victory as a send-off gift to Nana Yaw Owusu who is also the Mpaboahene of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and a former vice president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

As part of the honour to officially hang his racket, the club presented a citation and a framed group photograph to the chief patron who they described as an invaluable and unique sportsman.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Northern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, Col Joseph Boampong, the Commander of the 4th Battalion of Infantry, Lt Col Stephen K. Pabbi, the Bantamahene, Nana Asare Owusu Amankwatia V, the Vice President of the club, Mr Kwame Osei Prempeh, and the Secretary of the club, Mr Francis Kwofie were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.

The citation recalled the immense role he played in galvanising the club during his playing days, saying, “in spite of his advanced age of 78 years, he proved that in the game of squash, age was not the determining factor

“He always played squash with ease and succeeded in motivating many of our youthful players to yearn to compete with him, but they always faltered,” it noted.

In his address, Nana Yaw Owusu thanked the club for the honour, saying he would forever cherish it.

He revealed that besides playing squash, he also played for Kumasi Asante Kotoko during his youthful days.

He said but for a surgical operation he had a few months ago, he would have continued playing squash and assured that notwithstanding hanging his racket, he would continue to associate with them and offer the needed support when necessary.

Outlining the advantages of playing squash, he said it was a game that invigorated him over the years, making him look younger than his age.

“The young ones should not only play soccer, but should also do well to play squash as well. This is because besides giving them good health, playing squash will also enhance their libido,” he confessed.

“I love the game, but considering my health now, I have to gracefully hang my racket. I have enjoyed playing squash, but the time has come to end it to offer new hope to my life,” he noted.