Ghanaian table tennis player Derek Abrefa has impressed at the recently concluded London Grand Prix 2023 tournament held at the Redbridge Sports Centre in Ilford, London.
The competition featured more than 200 players from various parts of Europe.
Abrefa, currently based in the United Kingdom (UK), secured a remarkable second-place finish in the tournament, claiming the silver medal. In the final, he faced Romania’s Mihai Nemaciuc, but unfortunately lost 0-3 (4-11, 10-12, 6-11) to his opponent.
Having topped his group in the earlier stages, Abrefa qualified for the main draw, which was played in a knockout format. He showcased his skills and determination, progressing through the Round of 32 to the semi-final stage. In the semi-finals, he defeated England’s Adam Jepson in a thrilling match that ended 3-2 in his favour, securing his spot in the final.
The London Grand Prix is regarded as one of the most prestigious Open tournaments in the UK, attracting top players from several nations, including Romania, Poland, The Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, Russia, India, and Nigeria.
Abrefa, who is currently on a training tour in Europe, is focused on preparing for the 2023 African Games scheduled to take place in Ghana next March. Expressing his happiness about his recent progress, he acknowledged the support he has received from the Ghana Table Tennis Association and highlighted his commitment to further developing his game.
“I am pleased with my recent improvement, and I appreciate the support from the Ghana Table Tennis Association. Training is going well, and participating in tough tournaments and local league competitions here has helped me grow as a player,” said Abrefa, who is also an officer of the Ghana Immigration Service.
Looking ahead, Abrefa plans to address and refine his game by focusing on correcting his errors over the next two months before competing in the upcoming grand prix event in Gloucester, England.
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Abrefa expressed his gratitude to the Director of Sports of the Ghana Immigration Service, DSI Anita Edikan Wiredu-Minta, as well as the Ghana Table Tennis Association, particularly its president Mawuko Afadzinu, and his coach Ebenezer Anang-Whyte from the La Dadekotopon Table Tennis Club. He also extended his appreciation to former national players Raphael Munkoh and Eric Hammond, who provided coaching support throughout the tournament.