High Court Judge elected GTF President

An Accra High Court Judge, Justice Ernest Yaw Obimpeh has been elected as the new President of the Ghana Tennis Federation after a close contest at the GTF’s Congress at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports stadium on Friday, 23rd January.

Justice Obimpeh polled nine votes compared to eight votes for his challenger John Hasford Afful, after the incumbent GTF President Enoch A. Amartey had withdrawn from the race citing his elevation to the reconstituted Board of the National Sports Authority.

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Similarly, Isaac Aboagye Duah polled 9 votes to beat Kobby Brew who had 8 votes to win the Vice Presidential position.

In addition, seven executives were also elected into office including Michael Akpagla, David Kwesi Churcher, Christian Osae, Peter Annan, Prempeh Bannerman, Patrick Kwame Djangba and Ebenezer Paa Kofi Grant.

In his acceptance speech, Justice Obimpeh said “there is a new dawn” for Tennis in the country.

“It feels good. We wanted change and we have change. Before coming here a lot of the members called me and all the wanted was change. Fortunately, when we came here the out gone President stepped down so the race was between two people and it was so close: 9:8. So it feels good to be elected the President of the Federation,” he said.

Asked to explain why people wanted change, Justice Obimpeh said: “The general feeling is that, there has not been much activity within the Tennis Federation for the past four years especially for people outside Accra. I think that much has not been done to improve the game of Tennis for the past four years. I think that was the main reason they wanted change.”

Justice Obimpeh added that he has the necessary experience and contacts to lead the GTF.

“I have been in tennis for the past 25 years and fortunately I have moved from region to region. Easter region to Upper East region, Brong-Ahafo to Ashanti and Volta regions. I know the problems in Tennis.  I have been in Accra for the past five years. It’s a matter of organisation. It’s a matter of contacts.”

He explained that the Federation needs to learn to fend on its own and not over rely on government for support:

“The days where we have to wait for government to give us money to run tournaments are gone. Government owes the Federation $35,000 plus. I don’t know when they are going to pay. We need a king We need somebody who has contacts, who is able to appeal to the conscience of Ghanaians. I know a lot of people there who love tennis and who will give us the support.”

“I have done it at a lower level. It’s a matter of going to the right place. The banks are there, the institutions are there, the corporations are there,te individuals are there,” he summed up.

 

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