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Hockey News of Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Source: citifmonline.com

Good lessons in defeat - Hockey veep

The Vice-President of the Ghana Hockey Federation, James Amoo Gottfried, believes there are good points to note even though the country’s male team lost 4-0 to South Africa in Pool A of the ongoing African Hockey Championships in South Africa.

The loss ended Ghana’s unbeaten start to the men’s event after beating Namibia and Bostwana in the first two matches. However, James Amoo Gottfried after the match against South Africa, said the result did not mask certain good things about the team.

“I think there are a lot of positives we can take away. We got our first real test of the tournament and the boys played very well on the day. The South Africans were a good match for us but we recovered in the second and third quarters even though we conceded goals.

"The good thing is that we have virtually qualified for the semi-finals and so we, we have an opportunity to make amends.”

Gottfried stated that the team’s good form was down to the development the players had gone through from the juvenile levels and that had equipped them for the ongoing event.

“We have a group of very determined young men who want to achieve something for themselves and for the nation. Most of them won gold in the African U-17 Championships in 2010 and so, they are not new to such tournaments and that is why they are performing like this.”

The men’s team will face Zimbabwe on Thursday in another pool match. The team is currently second in the pool with 6 points behind South Africa who have 9 points.