Tokyo 2020: 36 Female players invited to camp

Author: George Ernest Asare
Linda Kandoh-Police Ladies

A total of 36 national female hockey players have been invited to begin a non-residential camping in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games qualifier in South Africa between August 12 and 18.

The team, comprising five goalkeepers, 11 defenders, 11 midfielders and nine strikers, will train at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium in Accra .

While 15 of the invited players were picked from the 2018 Sapholda League champions, Royal Ladies of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), 11 also came from Police Ladies,seven                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                from Extinguishers Ladies, with three coming from Reformers Ladies.

The goalkeepers are Abigail Boye and Linda Kandoh (Police), Bridget Azumah (Royal Ladies), Mavis Ampem-Darko and Jemimah Gyamfi (Reformers).

Defenders: Nafisatu Umaru , Evelyn Fiador, Juwaila Acquah, Shaibu Queensila (Police), Mavis Berko, Adizatu Suleymana, Emelia Fosua, Asana Gbati and Manyabrim Brenya (Royal Ladies) Abigail Danquah and Nancy Opoku (Extinguishers)

The midfielders comprise Serwaa Boakye, Cecilia Amoako, Esther Osoroagbo (Police), Ernestina Coffie, Lydia Afriyie, Janet Adampa, Esther Otoo, Fidaws Addison (Royal Ladies), Joanita Korwu, Charity Akoto and Margaret Owusuwaa (Extinguishers).

The strikers are made up of Martha Sarfoa, Faustina Aggrey (Police) Roberta Sarfo, Elizabeth Opoku, Vivian Nakour, Deborah White (Royal Ladies) Rachael Bamfo, Rachael Tawiah (Extinguishers and Hagiet Copson (Reformers).

A source close to the Ghana Hockey Association (GHA) told Daily Graphic that aside from Ghana and the host country South Africa, other Africans teams, which would vie for the sole ticket to Tokyo 2020, were neighbouring Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and  Egypt.

The source said the team would be pruned to 23 players before leaving for the tournament in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.
A total of 30 national male hockey players have already started a non-residential camping for a similar purpose.