After successfully hosting continental tournaments since the construction of the National Hockey Stadium, Ghana has been offered another opportunity to host the continent in an International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Hockey Series Round 1 tournament. The newly introduced World Hockey Series Round 1 tournament which is a 4 round tournament to be played until 2014 is designed to ease the ranking of teams and give more playing opportunities to hockey playing nations. Also, it serves as a qualifier for the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games from 2014 based on the ranking.
The continental tournament is scheduled to take place from September 7-9, 2012 at the National Hockey Stadium in Accra. The competing nations include; Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria and Zimbabwe in both men and women categories.
This is yet another opportunity for our Senior National teams (men& women) to exhibit their prowess and battle it out with 3 nations to qualify for Round 2 of the tournament. Also to showcase Ghana’s sporting infrastructure, hospitality and rich culture on the world map and once again, putting to good use the modern facility built with the tax payers’ money.
Much as the government of Ghana is supporting this event, we wish to invite corporate Ghana, individuals and sports loving people to massively support this worthy cause for a successful tournament. We are very hopeful that the teams are going to make the sport and Ghana proud by playing their hearts out and qualifying to the next round of the tournament. We hope that when the time comes the good people of Ghana will rally behind team Ghana to collectively win the tournament.
Do not go where there is a path, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
? The National Under 21 teams (men & women) have started preparations towards the Junior Africa Cup scheduled for October 2012 in South Africa. The tournament is a qualifier for the Junior World Cup in India, 2013.