It was a display of skills, court craft and beautiful tennis when 4 Garrison Officers Mess tennis Club, Kumasi, played as guests to GHACEM Tennis Club, Takoradi in a farewell tournament in honour of DCOP Kwasi Doku who was transferred by the Government to the Ashanti region.
The away club, 4 Garrison put up a plucky performance to outshine the home team, GHACEM 8-5. In all, 13 games were played on the day with 4 Garrison dominating both the singles- winning 4-3 in the singles and 4-2 in the doubles event- which attracted a large section of the public
The two captains of both clubs, Captain Jonathan Quartey and Captain Wing Commander Bawah, set the ball rolling with the away team's Captain Jonathan Quartey ousting the home team captain Bawah 7-5. The fine start of the away team continued as Ghana Tennis Federation Vice President who is also a member of 4 Garrison showed his class by walloping the President of GHACEM Tennis Club 7-1. Gyakye Aidoo beat Stephen Dalighton 7-5 and Nana Yaw Wallace overcame Francis Yalley 7-4.
In the other singles games, the home team bounced back as Leslie Martey defeated Samuel Taylor 7-6(3). Tandoh Owusu beat Nii Quaye 7-3. John Coker won 7-4 against Kojo Akoniah.
In the doubles events, GHACEM’s Leslie/ Yalley paired up and beat George/ Ernest 7-2. Their win brought Takoradi tennis fans alive, inspiring confidence to their colleagues Achie/Roland to oust Nana Yaw/Maxwell 7-3. But their jubilation was shortlived as away team instructions from their captain Jonathan Quartey and Coach Acquah did magic for the club as Aidoo/Francis won 7-3 against Tandoh and Moses. Captain Jonathan Quartey stepped up and paired with Taylor to overcome Captain Bawah and Philip 7-5.
In other doubles matches, 4 Garrison Tennis Club maintained their winning ways with Duah and Nii beating Stephen and Twum 7-4 and Acquah/ Bright finishing it up for the away club with 7-3 win over John and Coker.
Speaking during the dinner night on behalf of former DCEOP of Western Region, Vice President of Ghana tennis federation, Samuel Ampedu Kyei (KyiKyis) said "DCOP Kwasi Doku expresses thanks for the support given to him during his stay in the Region especially honoring him with a tournament." He added that he would make sure the tourney will be an annual DCOP Kwasi Doku Championship between the two clubs.