Derek Abrefa may not have won laurels for Ghana in an international tournament since 2015 when he inspired the Ghanaian men’s team to bronze at the African Games in Congo Brazzaville; the Ghana’s number one star continues to be honoured in his native country for his passion for table tennis.

He is the face of table tennis in Ghana for her consistency in the game and has been an inspiration to young players in the West African nation.

At the 2018 Ghana National Table Tennis League, Derek Abrefa emerged as men champion and was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the five-month tournament.

The league organized by Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) started in May and was concluded in November with Derek Abrefa leading Ghana Immigration Service to emerge as winner of the league.

At the colourful event held at the DJ Hathramani Sports Hall of Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra, on Saturday December 8 to climax the league, Derek Abrefa who is an undergraduate of the University of Cape Coast and employee of Ghana Immigration Service toppled the league across the regions to win the top prize.

According to Ghana Olympic Committee website, Derek Abrefa who has represented Ghana at three Commonwealth Games; was recognized as the winner and most valuable player for the 2018 season. A feat the Ghanaian star described as a great accomplishment.

“This is the second time I have received such a prestigious award and I am happy that the GTTA, through the help of Ministry of Youth and Sports, once again recognized our efforts,” Derek Abrefa said.

Expressing appreciation to several individuals who aided his progress as a table tennis player, Derek Abrefa said: “I didn’t come this far alone, but by the efforts and sacrifices of many. I would thank the Director of Sports of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Samuel Ayer for being there for me throughout the year as well the GTTA. I would also thank my manager Charles Tachie-Manson, my coach, Ebenezer Anang White, and my national teammates for supporting me from beginning of the season till now,” Derek Abrefa added.

But the Ghanaian cannot wait to starting slugging it out for a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which he said remains his main priority for 2019.

Like Derek Abrefa, another member of the Ghana contingent to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Eva Adom Amankwa was named the MVP in the women event for her unbeaten run in the competition as her team – Ghana Army finished second in the women category.