The Ghana Shooting team, ‘Black Snipers,’ made a memorable debut appearance at the 12th African Shooting Championship held in Cairo, Egypt from 28th November to 7th December, 2015.
The Black Snipers were represented by Mercy Chodo and Emmanuel Koli in the competition which involved 17 other African countries and also served as a Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier.
Emmanuel Koli placed a respectable 4th in the Final 3 Positions to set a new Ghanaian national and international record score of 968 points. Koli placed 8th overall in the ‘50m Prone.’
Koli’s counterpart, Mercy Chodo became the first Ghanaian female shooter to compete at the African Championship, placing 6th in the Final 3 Positions with a score of 522 points. She also came 6th in the 50m Prone.
The Black Snipers made their international bow at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where the team competed in two disciplines - Men’s 50 meter prone and Women’s 50 meter three positions.
The team consisted of four distinguished marksmen/women of the Ghana Armed Forces, WOI Emmanuel Appiah Koli of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Cpl Dzorvakpor Joseph of 2nd Infantry Battalion, Takoradi, LS Mercy Ochodo of Naval Base Tema and AB1 Philomena Sapak of Ghana Navy Ship Yogaga.
Aside making their maiden appearance in Africa, the Black Snipers have taken part in four international competitions this year including the men’s 50 meter prone and 3 positions, and the women’s 50 meter prone and 3 positions.
The Ghana National Rifle Association was ratified by the Ghana and International Olympic Committee in 2012 and in November 2013 affiliated with the International Shooting Sports Federation and granted Federation Status for all shooting sports in Ghana.