The last time Ghana hosted an international table tennis event was 16 years ago. Finally, it has returned and yielded good dividends.
Furthermore, the last time Ghana won a gold medal in an international event was in Dakar, Senegal in 1980 when Esther Lamptey won the African Championship.
On home soil, Ibrahim Gado Nuhu has broken the jinx that has haunted Ghana for so long by winning gold at the 2019 Ghana Junior and Cadet Open in Accra. He did so in grand style by defeating Congolese Neredi Bovoyi Mutshu 3-0 in the Boys’ Mini-Cadet Singles final.
Gado as he is affectionately called, couldn’t hide his joy and thanked everyone involved in this victory.
“I want to thank all Ghanaians for their prayers and support. Our president Mawuko Afadzinu has done well for us by bringing this tournament to us. Our coaches trained us well and our current senior players gave us a lot of support during our camping,” Ibrahim Gado Nuhu said.
“When I was leaving home for national camp, my dad told me not to fear any player and that encouraged me to work hard behind the table to win.”
Coming from Agona Kwanyarko in the central region of Ghana where lots of cadet players are groomed, it is not surprising that he rose to the occasion when it mattered most.
“I want to thank my parents, Coach Kwame Ampofo and the other coaches for helping me reach this far, all the people of Agona Kwanyarko and most especially Ghana Table Tennis Association”
“This gold medal is dedicated to all Ghanaians and it is a sign that we are ready to lift the flag of Ghana high.”
Ibrahim Gado Nuhu looks beyond the medal. He has ambitions. Ambitions that are achievable. The first one has been promised him.
“I am inviting Gado to the Seamaster ITTF Challenge plus Nigerian Open and he will be training under Aruna Quadri, Segun Toriola and other junior players for one week” Wahid Enitan Oshodi, ITTF West Africa President revealed.
After testing his skill against players from Nigeria, England, India and Saudi Arabia, Gado sees the need to up his skills and looks forward to an opportunity to train outside Ghana.
“I want to travel outside Ghana to China or any top table tennis nation and improve upon my game. I want to be a good player and the only way to do that is to play with different people with different styles.”
The future is indeed bright for Ibrahim Gado Nuhu.