With barely a month left for the Ghana Hockey Association (GHA) to stage one of the biggest hockey events at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey pitch in Accra, the association is grappling with the challenge of raising GH¢100,000 to organise the event.
The Women’s World Hockey League Round One, involving Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Ghana, is slated for Accra from September 9 to 11, but the GHA is yet to secure the requisite financial support to host the tournament successfully.
Zimbabwe was initially part of the tournament but pulled out due to financial constraints, and according to the Executive Treasurer of the Africa Hockey Federation, Madam Elizabeth Safoah King, the winner in Accra would qualify to play in Round Two of the Women’s World Hockey League in February 2017.
She told the Daily Graphic that one of the challenges confronting the GHA was raising funds to cater for flight tickets, accommodation, feeding and allowances of technical directors and umpires who would supervise the tournament.
“So far, we have not received any funding from the Sports Ministry, that is why we have turned our attention to corporate bodies, organisations and individuals to support us in diverse ways,” she bemoaned.
She said funds to prepare Ghana’s team to excel, including winning bonus, was also a headache.
“We need to secure the requisite funds to camp our players and adequately motivate them. Camping them will enable us to strategise to win the tournament to enable us to play in Round Two of the Women’s World Hockey League which is a stepping stone to playing in the World Cup,” she stressed.