C/R hockey founding fathers honoured

Author: George Ernest Asare
*Mr Sarpong Manu (left) presenting a citation to Mr Lawrence Freeman Addison for his contribution to hockey development in Ghana.

Officials of the Central Regional Hockey Association in Cape Coast have honoured four members of the hockey fraternity in the region for their invaluable contributions towards  the development of the sport

The four - Messrs Lawrence Freeman Addison, Husni Ewudzie, Haruna Issah and Joseph Ben Eyison - considered as the founding fathers of hockey in the region, were presented with citations and tokens to motivate them to continue with their selfless contributions to the development of hockey in the region in particular and the country in general.

The honour coincided with the annual Fetu Afahye Hockey Tournament organised to promote accelerated development of hockey in the region.

The  tournament, which attracted 13 hockey clubs in the country, saw GRA Men dethroning defending champions, Exchequers of Bank of Ghana.

However, GRA Ladies successfully defended their title after defeating Cape Coast Ladies 2-0 in their first game, before dismissing Golden Masters Ladies 3-0 in the second game.

In the Masters division, Sapholda defied all odds to emerge as the new champions after a 3-2 penalties win over arch rivals, Golden Sticks.

Presenting the citations on behalf of the association, the Greater Accra Region Hockey Association Secretary, Mr Isaac Graham, commended the founders in Cape Coast for being the face of hockey in the region.

“It is a great honour for all the hockey family who have passed thorough your discipline to express our profound gratitude for your effort and time you spent on us.

On the facade, you are tough and mean, but a peek inside your real personalities reveal that you are one of the best trainers we have ever seen”, he noted.

Mr Graham also commended the Greater Accra Regional chairman of the association, Dr K.D. Asante, and a staunch member in Accra, Mr Frank Oti Mensah, for their financial contributions which made the Fetu Afahye tournament possible.