The technical handlers of the national male hockey team have beefed up their preparations for the upcoming Hockey Africa Nations Cup hockey tournament with the invitation of three foreign-based players to join the team in camp.
France-based Derrick Owusu Lee, Michael Kofi Baiden (South Africa) and Gideon Awuah (Italy) joined 25 home-based teammates in camp last week to continue their build-up towards the tournament slated for the Theodosia Okoh National Hockey Stadium in Accra between January 17--23, 2022.
The home-based contingent has been in camp in Accra for the last four weeks. They comprise Kwesi Anim, Christopher Dogbe, Mathew Damale, Luke Damalie and Eugene Acheampong (all of the GRA's Royal Men), Benjamin Acquah, Charles Abbiw, Alfred Ntiamoah, Ebenezer Arthur, and Richard Adjei (all of Ghana Police), Samuel Akpene and Raphael Agyapong (all of Ghana Prisons), Francis Lartey, Jonny Botsio, Elikem Akaba, Elorm Akaba and Tyche Duisberg (all of Exchequers), Maxwell Osei, Benjamin Kwofie, George Asiedu, Mohammed Osman, Stephen Ofosu, Salya Nsalbini, Nicholas Nyarko and Farouk Alhassan (all of Ghana Army).
Unlike the male team, the national female team comprise 24 experienced and young home-based players ready to compete for honours.
The players are Mavis Berko, Elizabeth Opoku, Ernestina Coffie, Maanyembim Brenya, Adizatu Sulemana, Rafiatu Okine Dede, Doris Antwi, Vivian Nakour, Bridget Azumah and Roberta Sarfo Owusu (all of Royal Ladies), Umaru Nafisatu, Cecilia Amoako, Serwaa Baah, Martha Sarfoa and Abigail Boye (all of Ghana Police), Rachael Bamfo and Joanita Korwu (all of Ghana National Fire Service), Juwaila Acquah, Rebecca Donkor, Charity Akoto and Abigail Danquah (all of Ghana Army), Benedicta Adjei, Jemima Gyamfi and Gifty Addae (all of Ghana Prisons).
Ghana will compete against Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda for the sole ticket to represent Africa in the 2023 Hockey World Cup slated for India next year.
In the women's competition, Ghana faces a challenge from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya for the single slot for the global competition next year in the Netherlands.
The Team Manager of the national female hockey team, Madam Grace Ankomah, told the Daily Graphic that their target of hosting and winning the tournament to play in the elite tournament in the Netherlands this year was on course.