THE President of the Ghana Hockey Association (GHA), Dr Ben Asante, has called on corporate bodies to partner the association to help develop the sport and raise the standard to a higher level.
He said it was necessary to develop such a partnership with corporate Ghana to get the needed funds to organise the league better and countrywide and also sponsor other competitions to a level that would make Ghanaian teams compete favourably in Africa and other international competitions.
“By inviting them [corporate Ghana] to witness our local matches, we will be creating interest in the game and also going a step further in marketing the game, our players and team,” Dr Asante said in an interview with Graphic Sports Online.
Recalling the recent Hockey Africa Cup for Club Champions in Abuja where four teams from Ghana participated and excelled, Dr Asante said the performance of the Ghanaian teams was enough evidence that Ghana had a bright future at the international level, and with the right partnership and support, hockey would rise to the occasion as one of the key sporting disciplines in Ghana.
He gave an assurance that the GHA under his leadership would initiate programmes that would spread the sport across the country through the establishment of more league centres in Ghana to raise the standard across the country.
“With the right facilities and international exposure, Ghana will soon be competing favourably with top hockey countries around the globe,” noted a confident Dr Asante.
He commended Royal Men and Ladies of Ghana Revenue Authority, Exchequers of Bank of Ghana and Police Ladies for the quality of their performances in the Abuja tournament.
Royal Men and Royal Ladies returned home with silver medals after losing the final to Egyptian giants, El Sharkia and Telkom Orange of Kenya, respectively, while Police Ladies defeated United States International University (USIU) of Kenya by 2-0 in the third place match to retain the bronze medal they won in 2017.