Hockey Africa tourney: Ghana hosting the rest of Africa in Accra

BY: George Ernest Asare
Mr Ebenezer Frimpong- National Hockey Coach
Mr Ebenezer Frimpong- National Hockey Coach

Less than two months after hosting and winning the female division of the Africa Cup for Club Champions (ACCC) hockey tournament, the Ghana Hockey Association (GHA) is feverishly preparing to host the 11th edition of the Africa Nations Cup (ANC)  Hockey tournament between January 17 -23  with the sole aim of coming on top to qualify for the World Hockey tournament slated for India next year.

The ANC which is also the 8th edition for the female division will see Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda competing for honours in the male division while Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Namibia and Kenya join Ghana to battle for honours in the female division.

In their desire to  be more competitive during the tournament,about 25 national players started residential camping  three weeks ago at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium to fine-tune their strategy, tactics and techniques .

The head coach of the National Hockey team, Ebenezer Frimpong, told Daily Graphic in an exclusive interview that notwithstanding the stiff opposition they would encounter, their target of qualifying for the World Cup tournament in India would motivate them to soar above their opponents.