Taekwondo: Fighters Club Wins 10th Korea Cup

Taekwondo: Fighters Club Wins 10th Korea Cup

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Fighters Club was adjudged the overall Best Club at the 10th Korea Cup Taekwondo Championships which ended on Saturday, December 8 at the Korea Sports Complex in Tema.

The energetic Club grabbed a total of 8 Gold, 4 Silver & 9 bronze to lift the giant trophy, while Sunyani Tkd Club came second with 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze. WAM Club followed with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze.

The Championship which started on Thursday, December 7, saw a total number of 292 athletes (222 male and 70 females) with the addition of Juniors and Cadet. While the seniors had 107 (93 males & 14 females) participants with 9 Para athletes (5 males & 4 females), 47 (19 males & 28 females) participated in the Junior category; whereas 129 (105 males & 24 females) showed up for the Cadet.

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Augustus Agbozo retained Gold Medal in the Seniors male -68Kg while Selorm Fayise took Silver as the two have the audience a beautiful bout.

Still, in the male Seniors, Bernard Sarfo of WAM Dawhenya also took Gold again after beating Abubakar Adamu of Fighters in the -74Kg.

Joshua Nii Aryeetey of Smart Roots proved stronger for Fred Omari of Fighters to clinch Gold for the second time running in the +87Kg.

In the female Category, UPSA’s Henrietta Naa Aryele Armah repeated her feat last year by beating Kezia Gbedze in the -49Kg to win Gold.

Eunice Adedapo of ATU did same by taking Gold again after a dramatic victory against Bayiratu Mohammed of MOBI squad.

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A major upset was caused when Ghana’s top-ranked -68Kg player, Benson Addo of ATU lost in the quarterfinals to eventual winner Mahamadu Nyanu of Fighters Club. Benson who had won the category last year had a tough bout against the fighter who exhibited strength from start to finish.

Speaking to the media after the 3-day event, President of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, Frederick Lartey Otu admits the success of the Championship believing the new talents scouted gives them assurance of a bright future.

“It has been 3 days of hard work and a successful unprecedented 4 levels of Taekwondo competition and we are proud of the 10th Korea Cup. We have identified new budding talents and we will develop them to take over from the Juniors and the Juniors will take over from the Seniors and we will never lack but have a better future.”

The President presented a trophy to Alex Kekula of SOS-HG Taekwondo Club for being the Most Courageous Young Athlete of the Championships. Kekula who fought in the Cadet -33Kg lost to eventual winner Okoe Kelly in the quarterfinals after winning his prelims and a round of 16 bouts.

The Championship which has its theme ‘Korea-Ghana cultural exchange, critical for effective cooperation’ also saw a total of 31 categories in all, 11 for the Senior (male & female), 2 for Para, 9 for the Juniors and 9 for Cadet.

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‘Various speakers at the event including the GTF president, the GTF Advisory Board chairman, Mr Kweku Sakyi-Addo, the GOC vice president, Mr Paul Atchoe and National Sports Authority Deputy Directors, Mr Saka Acquaye and Mr Theophilus Wilson each spoke to the theme and encouraged participants to strive hard to achieve greater heights.’

In other awards, Rena Gyima has adjudged the Most Promising Female player for Cadet while Leon Addo of MEGHIS won male Most Promising player. Ali Alaa and Prince Marvin Klutse were also awarded a trophy for the Best player in the female and male category of Cadet respectively.

Ruth Adjetey of MEGHIS was for the Most Promising player for female Juniors whereas Moumouni Sadly from the Volta region won that of the male. The best Player female went to Erica Tuagbe of WAM and that of the male was given to Lawrence Tweasam from PRISMAX.

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In the Seniors, Most Promising Female, Most Promising Male, Best Player Female, Best Player Male went to Patricia Kyeremaa from B/A, Mahamadu Nyanu, Henrietta Armah of UPSA and Augustus Agbozo of Accra Technical University accordingly.

The GTF in its quest to keep developing the sport in Ghana for International laurels is working to get the annual championship better each year. The 10th Korea Cup has offered the GTF the opportunity to rank the senior players for selection and preparation of the national team for next year’s World Championship in Manchester, All African Games and 2020 Olympic qualification.

individual award winners

  1. Most Promising
    (Female) Cadet –  RENA
    GYIMA
  2. Most Promising (Male)
    Cadet – LEON ADDO (MEGHIS)
  3. Best Player (Female)
    Cadet –  ALI ALAA
  4. Best Player (Male)
    Cadet – PRINCE MAVIN KUTSE
  5. Most Promising
    (Female) Juniors –  RUTH
    ADJETEY (MEGHIS)
  6. Most Promising (Male)
    Juniors – MUMUNI SADLY (VOLTA)
  7. Best Player (Female)
    Juniors – ERICA TUAGBE (WAM
    DAWHENYA)
  8. Best Player (Male)
    Juniors – LAWRENCE TWEASAM
    (PRISMAX)
  9. Most Promising
    (Female) Seniors – PATRICIA KYEREMAA (B/A)
  10. Most Promising
    (Male) Seniors – MAHAMADU NYANU
  11. Best Player (Female)
    Seniors – HENRITTA ARMAH (UPSA)
  12. Best Player
    (Male) Seniors – AUGUSTUS AGBOZO (ATU)   
  13. GTF President’s Special Cup for the Most Courageous Young
    Athlete – ALEX KEKULA (SOS-HG)

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