It was a display of skills, court craft and beautiful tennis when Army Mess Tennis Club, Accra played as guest to 4 Garrison Tennis Club, Kumasi in a farewell tournament in honour of Brig. Gen. Joseph Adu Boampong which ended inconclusively due to rains.
The tournament was expected to be graced by His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene but was represented by Nana Adu Mensah Asare, Amakomhene. Other dignitaries present were Madam Barbara Serwaa Asamoah, Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Brig. Gen. Cosmos Alhassan, the GOC Central Command and other senior military officers.
The visitors, Army Mess Tennis Club (AMTEC) took a commanding lead in the men’s singles which sent shivers down the spines of members of 4 Garrison Tennis club.
First game for the day was men’s singles where the away team (Army Mess Tennis Club) recorded their first victory with Justice Asante beating Michael Dekye 7-4. Army Mess Tennis Club’s Dr. Cyril Bansah defeated Samuel Aido 7 – 5 in a match described as match of the tournament.
Frank Desouza of Army Mess Tennis Club beat Joe Kodie 7-2 whiles Samson Sayibu added another win to the away team as he humiliated Jonathan Quartey in a 7-1 encounter.
4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis Club responded by winning the last two men’s singles game with Baba Zakari narrowly winning 7-6 (7-5 tiebreak) over Doe Ajani and Nii Kwei also beating Rufus Bayor 7-3.
In the Women’s doubles AMTEC’s Frana Abaya paired up Afeafa Buta-Boamah to beat Brenda Suntiga and her partner Mariam Mahmud 7-2 in an exciting encounter.
The first doubles win for the away team but was short lived as 4 Garrison Club turned the tables around to win the rest of the games. Baba Zakari/ Samuel Aidoo won 7-2 over Addoquaye/Lord King of AMTEC whiles Jonathan/Henry of 4 Garrison beat GTF President Isaac Duah/Frank Desouza 7-3. Nii Kwei/Kwaku humiliated Eddie Aido/ Ebo Cole in a 7-0 doubles encounter.
In the other men’s doubles matches, 4 Garrison Tennis Club continued their winning ways as Sammy/Uncle Sam beat Lt. Col. Selorm Amengor/ Rufus Bayor 7-5 to give the home team the lead for the first time to lead 6-5 at that point.
The last two men’s double matches of the day saw AMTEC take commanding leads in both matches and poised for a famous victory before rain disrupted play. AMTEC’s Dr. Cyril Bansah/ Doe Ajani were outplaying Kodie/Osei 5-1 in their match whilst Samson Sayibu/ Kevin Amesu were thrashing the 4 Garrison’s Capt. Amesu/ Nana Yaw Walls 5-0.
In a farewell dinner held later that evening, Nana Adu Mensah Asare the Amakomhene who represented the Asantehene re-echoed his Majesty’s promise to always support the club to realise its objectives.
Brig. Gen Joseph Adu Boampong in his address said he was overwhelmed by the support and attendance by all and praised the executives for the good work done.
The new GOC Brig. Gen. Cosmos Alhassan in his address commended his predecessor for the good work done and promised to continue in his footsteps for the game to attract the needed attention.
President of the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis Club Mr. Samuel Ampadu-Kyei aka Kyikyiss extolled the virtues of Brig, Gen, Joseph Adu Boampong. There was presentation of gifts to the outgoing GOC from both clubs and other stakeholders.
The dinner came to a close around midnight with members of the two clubs socializing and dancing to some lovely tunes.