Hockey News of Friday, 1 November 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
The senior national male and female hockey teams have started regrouping for a final brush-up for the November 18-24 Africa Hockey Cup of Nations in Nairobi, Kenya.
The teams broke camp days after the infamous Westgate Shopping Mall killings in Nairobi which forced the organisers to reschedule the tournament.
The Ghanaian teams have stepped up their preparations in a non-residential camping, although officials are still struggling to raise funds for the trip.
As a result of the ‘no-money syndrome’, the players and their handlers are expected to depart Accra a day before the tournament, push off and play their first match minutes on arrival.
At least eight countries, including host Kenya, South Africa and Egypt, are billed to play in the seven-day tournament, which also serves as a World Cup qualifier.
The winners in the two categories will pick the continent’s tickets for the World Cup slated for Holland next year.
For the first time, the World Cup will also feature ‘oldies’ from qualified countries to reminisce the past.
The Head Coach of the Ghanaian female team, Osei Boakye-Yiadom, told the Daily Graphic on phone that his ladies had hit their peak form at the right time for the tournament and was, therefore, hopeful the team would do well.