Reformers coach demands recruitment of younger players

Author: George Ernest Asare
The Executive Board member of FIH, Ms. Elizabeth Safoah King (third left) with coach Bukari (middle) and other coaches during their visit

The Technical team of Reformers Ladies last Saturday converged on the residence of the newly elected  Executive Board member of International Hockey Federation (FIH), Ms Elizabeth Safoah King, in Accra to congratulate her on rising to the highest level of hockey worldwide.

Speaking on behalf of the team, the head coach of Reformers Ladies, DSP  Ramatu Bukari, made a passionate appeal to Ms King, a former director at the Prisons Service and one-time player of Reformers, to use her influence to make a strong case for the recruitment of younger players into the team to make them a winsome side.

DSP Bukari said recruitment of new players would enable both the women’s and men’s teams of Reformers to compete favourably at both the local and international levels and win trophies as used  to be the case when Ms King was an active player

“As our mother during your active service to Prisons, we are not only congratulating you on rising to the apex of hockey worldwide, but also appealing to you to do everything possible to ensure that many of our youth who are very good in hockey are recruited into Reformers to replace the ageing players who are struggling to keep up the pace of the game, she said.

“At the moment, majority of our players are more than 40 years, so how can we cope with the speed and stamina of our competitors who keep on recruiting young blood into their teams? She queried

“Reformers will bounce back if we revamp our  teams once again. This is because  we have experience players but in hockey, experience alone do not win matches” she  explained

Describing Ms King’s elevation as an honour to Ghana and Africa in general, and Reformers Ladies in particular, DSP Bukari implored the FIH executive to keep her passion, commitment and dedication to the sport to help raise the standards of hockey in Ghana.

Besides being an Executive  Board Member of FIH, Ms King is also the treasurer of the Africa Hockey Federation and the vice president of the Ghana Hockey Association.