Head Coach of Vilcabamba Table Tennis Club-Denu, David Senyo Ahiaba has told Herosportsgh,com their target of finishing in the top three at the end of the ongoing National Table Tennis League is still achievable.
Vilcabamba, Volta’s only rep at the national league lost in both female and male categories in week 3 of the 2018 league which was played on Saturday, September 22 at the Accra Sports Stadium Hall.
The female team, having won 1 out of 3 matches were beaten 3-0 by Immigration while the male team with 2 wins out of 6 matches lost 3-0 each to Fire and Army.
“The chances of the male team to make it into the top three is becoming slim but there is still hope. The ladies, however, have greater chances of making it into the top three despite their loss today because they lost to Ghana’s current first two ranked team.” He said.
Matilda Fodu suffered a 3 straight sets defeat 6-11, 5-11, 6-11 to Immigration’s Cynthia Kwabi in the first single before Millicent Ankude battled Hilda Asare and also lost 5-11, 7-11, 8-11. Millicent stepped up again but this time with Malwine Akator to pull one back in a fierce Doubles contest against Hilda and Abigail Tetteh but eventually lost 4-11, 8-11, 10-12.
In the male category, Elliot Quarcoo defeated Sellasie Setorwofia in 3 straight sets, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 in the first singles after which Desmond Addy beat David Senyo 3-1 (11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9) to make it 2-0 for Fire. The doubles then saw Emmanuel and Addy beat Volta’s Senyo and Bright Dzotsiafe 3-1, with Volta winning the first game; 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9).
In the match against Army, Samuel saw off Bright Dzotsiafe in 3 straight sets, 11-5, 11-3, 11-9, while Boateng defeated David Senyo in another 3 straight sets, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6. Boateng and Trebi had a 5 sets thriller against Senyo and Sellasie, which Army won 3-2 with an 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8 results.
David Senyo Ahiaba, who doubles as the Regional Head coach for the Volta Regional Table Tennis Association added, that the team can do better with much support from philanthropists.
“VTTC will perform better if the team is given enough support and well resourced. Our doors are still open for sponsorship from co-operating bodies and philanthropists. I want to also thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts.”
Volta’s lost this week cannot be overemphasized as it was against Security Services teams, who are stronger opponents with better conditions.
The once a week National Table Tennis League which is yet to have title sponsors continues next Saturday at 9 am at the Accra Sports Stadium.