The Head Coach of the female Prisons team -Reformers, Ramatu Usman is confident her side will tilt the scale against their Ghanaian opponents in their clash today at the Abuja hockey pitch.
For coach Rams, as she is affectionately called, today's clash offers them the opportunIty to prove their superiority over their Security Services counterparts. “We have time and again blamed our frequent stalemate score lines to poor umpiring, and I think playing on foreign soil and under a neutral umpire offers us the opportunity to show our superiority,” she said in plain words.
Reformers, blessed with experience players like Pamela Condobery, Georgina Sam, Esther Pari and Victoria Adalatey among others, finished unbeaten in the just ended IPMC hockey league, and appear confident to translate their brilliance into play, in today's clash.
The only thing working against Reformers would be fatigue, which has crept into the team as a result of their long travel by road, from Accra to Abuja. The team is currently lodging at the Omega Hotel, in Abuja.
In other games, Kenya's Telkom will pit their strength against their Nigerian counterparts, Bayelsa Queens, while Egypt's Sharkia Ladies face Blue Eagles of Kenya.
Nigeria's male side, Yobe Desert will clash with their Egyptian counterparts, Sharkia in the last game of the day.
Ghana's male team, Golden Sticks will begin their search for continental laurels tomorrow when they face Egypt's Police, with another Ghanaian side Exchequers of Bank of Ghana play Delta Force of Nigeria in tomorrow's last game.
Other games will see Egypt's female side, Sharkia taking on Ghana's Reformers, while Telcom clash with Blue Eagles in an all Kenya affair, in tomorrow's second game.
An all Nigeria clash will see Heartland facing Bayelsa Queens in tomorrow's first game.
According to the organisers of the competition, the pairing of the same countries in the early stages was to avoid match fixing as the competition progresses.