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Ghana stands a great chance-Hockey prez

By Roland B Tamakloe

THE PRESIDENT of the Ghana Hockey Association, Mr Richard Akpokavie, has said he believes in the capability of the teams representing Ghana at the African club championship.

At a press conference yesterday at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium, he said hockey in Ghana had progressed very well over the years and the teams were preparing well for the tournament.

Mr Akpokavie said the Trustees team, who placed second in the last two competitions, stood a great chance of winning the competition this year.

The 12-team championship, which comprises six male and six female teams, would be held in Ghana from January 20 – 28 with Egypt, Nigeria, and Kenya being the participating nations.

Mr Akpokavie said there would be no cash prize for the winner of the championship and that only a trophy and medals would be given out.

He, however, said that money should not be the primary source of motivation for the players and stressed that self-motivation and discipline would help the team achieve greater heights.

He also mentioned that the amount needed to run the event was between GH¢ 250,000- GH¢300,000 and said co-operate institutions have been contacted to help raise the money needed to run the tournament.

“We would not be burdening the government with this task of raising funds for the tournament as the clubs seek to raise them themselves,” Mr Akpokavie said.

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