COESA Games: Ashanti, Brong Ahafo zone crowned champions

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The overall champions, ASHBA celebrate their feat after receiving their rewards

The Ashanti/Brong Ahafo (ASHBA) Zone have been crowned the overall champions  of the 10th edition of the Colleges of Education Sports Association (COESA) Games which ended at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale last Friday, August 4.

The champions claimed the honours with 36 medals made up of 13 gold, 14 silver and nine bronze, while Volta zone came second with 27 medals (11 gold,  seven silver and nine bronze). The Eastern/Greater Accra (EGA) zone finished third with 21 medals (eight gold,  eight silver and five bronze). The fourth and fifth positions went to Northern and Central/Western Zones who won 28 and 15 medals respectively.

The ASHBA zone, billed to host the next edition in Kumasi in 2020, started this year's Games on a good note as they claimed their first gold in the women's cross country event ahead of the official opening ceremony last Monday.

ASHBA also emerged winners in 10 track and field events, table tennis (women) and volleyball (men) to take home medals, a giant trophy and an undisclosed amount of money.

Volta zone were winners in both men and women handball table tennis (men) and athletics (men), the Northern team won volleyball (women) and cross country (men), EGA were netball champions, while Central/Western zone won both the men and women football competitions.

ASHBA zone's Shadrack Antwi who won gold in four events - 100m, 200m, 4×100m and 4×200m was adjudged the overall best athlete.

Other athletes who were recognised were Elizabeth Boahene from CENWEST (women football),  Patience Baffuor of EGA (volleyball), Akator Malwine from Volta (table tennis), Olivia Korkor Teye of EGA zone (netball), Dumayel Fifty from Volta (athletics) and Loretta Adongo from Northern zone (handball).

The men categories went to EGA zone's Prince Edonu (football),  Christopher Winner of ASHBA (volleyball), Damian Darko of EGA (table tennis), Shadrack Antwi of ASHBA (athletics) and Northern zone's Abubakari Abdul Rafiq (handball).

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Alhaji Mohammed Cambodia,  who represented the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Sa-eed noted that the Games had seen improvement generally congratulating the organisers for their efforts.

Alhaji Cambodia also urged the participants to keep working hard as athletes saying it was necessary for their physical being.
"Education is not based only on academics but working on your body and physical health as well so keep it up in order to be strong and healthy even in old age," he said.

In attendance were the president of COESA, Dr Mrs Harriet Naki Amui, former president of COESA, Pastor Luke Abugri and principals from the various Colleges of Education.

MEDAL TABLE

 

OVERALL

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

1

ASHBA

13

14

9

2

VOLTA

11

7

9

3

EGA

8

8

5

4

NORTHERN

7

9

12

5

CENWEST

3

4

8