Ghana qualifies for FIH World League Round 2

By
Edna A. Quansah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 12, GNA – The male and female
National Hockey teams have qualified for the Federation of International Hockey
World League Round two, after beating Nigeria 2-1 and Kenya 1-0 respectively at
the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium.

It was all joy at the Stadium when both
teams went unbeaten in all matches and thus booked a ticket for the
competition.

The female National team managed to qualify
for the second round scheduled for next year in Spain following a lone goal by
Racheal Bamfo in the 65th minute, whilst the male team came from a goal down to
eliminate Nigeria in the last fixture and is billed to travel to Bangladesh to
compete.

The three-day, tourney saw a tough battle
from Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and host Ghana but it was the later that stood
tall.

At the end of the tournament, it was
Ghanaian duo Emmanuel Ankomah and Lydia Afriyie who were awarded the youngest
players in the male and female categories, whilst Constant Wakhura from Kenya
emerged as top goal scorer with four goals.

The best Goalkeepers of the tournament went
to David Strauss from Namibia and Cynthia Onyonko from Kenya, whilst captains
of the Ghana National teams, Saliya Nsalbini and Gertrude Inkoom were awarded
as best players of the tournament.

Other persons recognised on the day were
former captains of the Black Sticks Ebenezer Frimpong and Georgina Sam for
their long service in the national team.

Immediate past President of the Ghana Hockey
Association (GHA), Oko Nikoi Dzani, was also acknowledged for his dedication to
the development of hockey in the country.

The President of the Ghana Hockey
Association (GHA), Mr Richard Akpokavie expressed excitement for the splendid
performance displayed by Ghana and added that their hard work has been paid off
with the teams’ qualification to the second round of the competition.

He acknowledged their sponsors for coming on
board, but also noted that the biggest task ahead of them is to raise funds for
the team to participate in the next competition.

Mr. Akpokavie, said the team will break camp
for a few days and resume training to kick start preparations for the next
round.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Edwin Nii
Lantey Vanderpuye commended the team’s qualification and assured that his
outfit is committed to develop the least financed disciplines to win laurels
for the country.

GNA

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