Ghana, Nigeria clash in draughts contest

DRAUGHTSThe intense football rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria will be extended to the game of draughts when the two countries come face-to-face in Benin City on Friday.
It is the first competitive meeting between the two west African giants and the contest promises to generate lots of thrills that would be characterised by skilful and bewitching play from both sides.
The invitation is at the behest of Nigeria.
Ghana is famous for the mastery of the game, an acclamation the Nigerians have always disputed robustly, hence, decision of the Benin City Recreation Club to invite their neighbours to the mega draughts competition.
The Ghanaians will be represented by the game’s current finest – George Afrifa (Kickway), Theophilus Nii Ayi Quaye and Abu National amongst others, whilst Nigeria would rely on big names like Odafe, Doubra and Reuben.
Winner of the three-day competition swaggers away with a first prize reward of N500,000 with the second, third and fourth settling for N300,000, N200,000, N100,000 in that order.
There is also a flock of consolation prizes.
The Ghanaian contingent is expected to leave the country for Nigeria on Wednesday by the road.
Briefing the Times Sports yesterday, president of the Ghana Draughts Association (GDA), James Obeng Afriyie (alias 16), said the National Sports Authority (NSA) has promised to provide the team with a bus for the trip.
“Luckily, the NSA is providing us with a bus for the trip and we intend to travel with a few officials and supporters,” he confirmed, hoping to return from Nigeria with the ultimate.
According to former national champion Mensah Mantey, the competition provides a grand opportunity for the Ghanaians to showcase the stuff they are made of.
“We have always regarded ourselves as the best, not only on the continent but in the world as a whole.
“For me, it is also a fine chance to shut up our Nigerian brothers once and for all,” he told the Times Sports yesterday.

BY JOHN VIGAH

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