By Group Captain Mensah-Larkai
The 10th bi-annual tennis international friendly tournament between Burma Camp Tennis Club (BCTC) and the IBRAHIM BADAMOSI BABANGIDA (IBB) GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB (TENNIS SECTION) of Abuja, comes off on Saturday 16th March 2019.
The interesting fixture comes off at the Command Mess Tennis Court, Burma Camp, at a start time of 8.00 am.
It has always been and will remain the usual Ghana- Nigeria sports rivalry and what makes this year’s tournament more competitive is the bold attempt by BCTC to break the jinx of ‘host and win’ in October last year in Abuja, by their counterparts.
For the first time on their own grounds, the Nigerian side’s No.1 seed, fell to Dr Banka of BCTC but they still managed to escape with narrow win.
IBB has therefore sworn to ‘draw first blood’ to claim their ‘big brother’ status and, therefore, a keen competition is awaited as BCTC is not prepared to surrender the ‘seniority’ of Ghana’s independence to Nigeria in a tennis tournament.
BCTC boasts of some of the best tennis stars in Ghana and they include stars such as Air Commodore AA Appiah – the BCTC president, Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Kadri, Mr Kojo Essel of GCB Bank -Team Captain, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Agyen Agyemang, Dr Patrick Banka, Mr Abeiku Bentsi, Air Commodore Nana Asante, Mr Sarkodie of CDH, (aka Speaker).
Others are, Lieutenant-Colonel (Lt Col) Dr Ntumy (rtd), Mr J Danso (aka Albino), Brigadier-General (Brig Gen) George Adjei (rtd), Dr Albert Awuah Jr, Alhaji Ibrahim Seidu (aka Wiper), Colonel (Col) Amuzu (rtd), Messrs Gregory Addah, Charles Dodoo, George Aidoo, Alhaji Imani and many others.
IBB asked for a week long postponement to fine tune their team led by their No1 seed and Team Capt Barrister Agabi Nkani with stars in their team including AVM Salia Atawodi, Senator Emmanuel Anosike, Mr Yusuf Yahaya, Mr Ossi Agugua, Dr Chijioke Ekechukwu, and many more.
They also have in their team a one time National Junior Tennis Champion of Ghana – Mr Kofi Abankro.
This tournament is proudly sponsored by GCB Bank, and supported by BAJ FREIGHT, STANBIC BANK, CDH Group, Urban Development Consortium, SIC FINANCIAL SERVICES, KASSAPREKO, VOLTIC WATER and BEL AQUA.
The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Group Captain Joshua Mensah-Larkai has vowed that his committee will not be the first to taste defeat from IBB.