Tennis: Isaac Duah retains GTF presidential seat

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The new executives taking the oath of office after the election

Delegates at the 2019 Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) Elective Congress on Saturday, October 19, unanimously re-elected incumbent Mr Isaac Aboagye Duah for a second term to lead the federation for the next four years.

Of the 19 delegates who voted, Mr Duah polled 15 votes as against his contender Roger Crawford, who could only manage four votes.

In a similar vein, Vice Chairman of Koforidua Tennis Club, Mr Kwame Djamba, who contested for the Vice President position claimed 14 votes as against his opponent Mr Edward Owusu who recorded just five votes.

For the first time in the history of the federation’s elections, 20 candidates filed their nominations to be voted onto the seven-member Executive Board.

At the end of the day, CEO of Babolat Tennis Shops, Ismaila Lamptey, who polled the highest votes, 17 and Group CEO of CDH Financial Holdings, Mr Emmanuel Adu Sarkodie (15), tennis enthusiasts Henry Bonney Quarshie (15), and Dorcas Sowah (14) were given the mandate as Executive Board members.

A member of Tamale Tennis Club, Sampson Sayibu who grabbed 13 votes, President of Kaneshie Tennis Club, Jesse John Des Bordes (13) and Director of Hope Tennis Foundation, Cedric Dzelu (11) completed the seven-member Executive Board.

Ahead of the elections, the candidates were each given three minutes to convince the delegates as they outlined their ideas, plans and policies for the development of the game.

Speaking on behalf of the elected executive, Mr Duah called for unity among both winners and losers for the betterment of the federation in particular and Ghana tennis in general.

He assured the gathering that the new administration would fix the broken pieces by correcting past mistakes.

“We have made mistakes in the past but we are wiser now so we will correct our mistakes. My contender Roger is still a friend so we will continue to work together to develop the game,” Mr Duah said.

For his part, Roger Crawford said: “The delegates have spoken. They had two distinctive choices to make and they settled on Isaac but as a foundation, we will still continue to support the federation for the development of Ghana tennis.”