Captain of the senior national men’s Cricket team, Isaac Kofi Otuafo Aboagye and Simon Ateak have been selected by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to attend an over five (5) weeks High-performance training in Potchefstroom, North-West University, South Africa.
The two were selected based on their splendid contribution in Ghana’s triumph at the 2018 ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier ‘A’ in Nigeria in April. With his exceptional leadership qualities that gave his side two significant victories over rivals and host Nigeria, Isaac was seen qualified for the High-Performance Training which will begin January 14, 2019, and end on February 20, 2019.
There was no doubt in his inclusion for the program, as Simon Ateak was at the end of the ICC T20, adjudged the Player of the tournament at an Awards and dinner night at Landmark in Lagos.
Simon apart from winning 2 Man of the Match Awards has been making the difference when it matters most for Ghana. He has had good partnerships with other players which often gave Ghana better chances of winning a game, lifting the image of the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA).
The two who have risen through Ghana Cricket Association’s youth development programs from U13, U17 and U19 are expected to leave the shores of the country on Sunday, 13th January 2019.
Ghana, are among other African countries who have 2 players selected for the program in South Africa. It is also part of ICC Africa’s development programs for Associate countries.
The GCA is, however, continuing with its Cricket Project Wildfire in other parts of the country after the October 2018 launch in Accra. The Project Wildfire is another excellent way of grooming young talents, who will take up the mantle from the likes of Isaac and Simon, and make Ghana proud.