Fast-rising Achimota Squash Club has had its selected members make a promising impression at the 2023 GLICO National Squash Open Tournament held at Tema Community Five over the weekend.
The AB Solar Africa partnered competition, the first of its kind organised by the Ghana Squash Association (GSA) in over twenty years, drew various levels of squash players from Nigeria, Kenya, Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America and Denmark to showcase their talents.
Achimota Squash Club’s Richard Ali Abagna won by 2-1 against his Nigerian counterpart Moses Elekanachi in the third-place clash with Tesano Squash Squash Club’s Evans Edem Ayi losing to Nigeria’s professional level squash player Femi Shedara in a 9-0 first place encounter.
Other Achimota Squash Club members who were included in Team Ghana included two Commonwealth Games (Birmingham 2022) participants Mark Owiredu-Gyenin and Clement Anafo, Kwabena Nimo-Ahinkorah, Yaw Nimo-Ahinkorah (junior level) and Ernest Anafo with others drawn from Dohazari (Burma Camp) Squash Club, Tema Squash Rackets Club, Tema Community 3 Squash Club, 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club (Kumasi), Tesano Sports Club and Air Force Officers Mess Squash Club (Takoradi).
The ultimate winner received a trophy, squash racket and cash with the second, third and fourth-placed players receiving cash and rackets as their prizes.
The Secretary General of Ghana Squash Association (Official Federation for Squash in Ghana), Mark Owiredu-Gyenin, called on corporate Ghana to support the sport by sponsoring players to “get the needed international exposure for experience” from Professional Squash Association (PSA) players.
Achimota Squash Club also expressed its appreciation to the tournament’s sponsors Sono, Eastfield Foundation, Aqua Blue Mineral Water and ANKAA Tropical Oranges.