Two Former Ghanaian Tennis stars Roger Crawford and Frank Ofori last Saturday at Coconut Grove Regency hotel, Accra, doff their hats to Mr. Kwabena Atta Owusu-Afriyie, for standing by them through thick and thin. The colorful event was attended by the former GTF President, Eddie Annan, Federation President Isaac Aboakye Duah and Secretary General Philipina Frimpong; some Executive members of GTF Peter Annan and Michael Akpagbla, Members of Kaneshie Tennis Club (KALATEC), Executive members of Tennis Foundation Ghana and some club Coaches.
Mr. Owusu-Afriyie who is a tennis enthusiast and a member of Kaneshie Tennis club followed Ofori’s and Roger’s exploits throughout their career and served as a ‘God father’ to them. Roger Crawford was full of praise for Mr. Afriyie, He added that Mr. Owusu had been there for him throughout his career, the financial and social support he received from him as well as the encouragement throughout his career.
Roger mentioned how he helped him gain admission into College in the States and the continuous support afterwards, concluding that Mr Owusu-Afriyie will always be a father figure in his life. Former Ghana No.1 Frank Ofori took the stage and thanked Mr. Owusu-Afriyie for his support in his career Ofori recounted how Mr. Owusu-Afriyie picked him up as a young boy from nowhere, bought him shoes, rackets and ensured he became a tennis great in the country. Ofori said, Mr Owusu-Afriyie ensured himself and his mates got tickets to travel for major tennis tournaments with many of them seeking greener pastures overseas later on.
Ofori described him as one of the pioneers of Ghana Tennis who did everything for the sport in his heyday. Ofori used the opportunity to call for unity in the Tennis family, rallying all players in the sector to come together and champion a common cause as the sport was on its knees in the country. later thanked former GTF president Mr. Eddie Annan for his tremendous support to the federation during his days. On his part, a visibly surprised Owusu-Afriyie, who was kept in the dark about the ceremony, expressed joy at the gesture extended to him by the ex-tennis nationals.