Team Ghana has done marvelously well at the 2022 commonwealth games.The team went for the tournament with no hope. Even some of the team members explained that Ghana is not investing in the athletics hence should be prepared for abysmal performance at the tournament.
But Team Ghana has surprised everyone including itself as it is bagging home 5 medals. This is the first time Ghana is winning that number of medals. Breaking it down, Abraham Mensah won silver medal in boxing bantamweight while Joseph Commey won silver medal in boxing featherweight division. Joseph Paul Amoah won bronze medal in 200 meters race, Deborah Acquah won bronze medal in women's long jump while Wahid Omar won bronze medal in boxing lightweight division.
In a related development, Roger Haun Manboora, a 15 year old white Ghanaian won two medals at the 2022 Unicycling World Championship in France for Ghana. Many Ghanaians are doubting if the young cyclist is indeed a Ghanaian. But his relatives in the north have confirmed that Mamboora is a Ghanaian of Baasare tribe. They said his grand father married a French woman hence his father became white and so is Mamboora. The family is believed to be running a huge factory in the Northern region.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia couldn't hide his joy over the development. He took to Facebook to express his delight over the successes chopped by the Ghanaian athletes.
"Congratulations to all Ghanaian athletes who have made our dear nation proud at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Kudos to Abraham Mensah (silver medal, boxing bantamweight division), Joseph Commey (silver medal, boxing featherweight division), Joseph Paul Amoah (bronze medal, 200 meters), Deborah Acquah (bronze medal (women's long jump) and Wahid Omar (bronze medal, boxing light welterweight division).
I also extend my congratulations to young Roger Haun Manboora III for winning two medals at the 2022 Unicycling World Championship in France.
Our relative success at the Commonwealth Games is further proof that investing and planning are the ways to go, and government, together with all stakeholders, will continue to put in more, to ensure that that we realise our potentials in the sports industry, both on and off the pitch", Bawumia stated.
Meanwhile a US based Ghanaian journalist, Kelvin Tailor has encouraged the government to invest in athletics instead of pumping all the money into Black Stars who will bring no trophy into the country. He made this call on his Facebook page intercepted by CitizenOne.
"Congratulations to Abraham Mensah.
He is now in contention for a gold medal after winning his semi final fight 3-0 in the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
Those in-charge of sports in Ghana must invest in other disciplines like boxing and stop always wasting money on Black Stars who are never going to win any trophy anyways", Kelvin wrote.
Team Ghana is expected back home this week as the tournament comes to a close. We join Ghanaians to congratulate them for the successes.
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