AfHF Hockey Africa Cup for Nations officially launched
Accra, May 26, GNA – The forthcoming Africa Hockey Federation (AfHF)
Hockey Africa Cup for Nations, was officially launched on Tuesday, by Vice
President John Mahama at a colourful ceremony at the Accra International
The ceremony, which was attended by the “crème de la crème” with respect
to the organization of the July 10 to 18 tourney, was also graced by AfHF
President, Seif Dini Ahmed.
The climax of the night was the symbolic launching, which was spiced with a
spectacular cultural performance and choreography, by Ghana's ace dancer Slim
Vice President Mahama in his address pledged government's support
towards a successful hosting of the event that would see male and female teams
of 10 African countries battling for honours.
He expressed satisfaction with the progress of work, which he said clearly
outlines Ghana's readiness to host other African countries and commended the
Local Organising Committee (LOC) for their untiring efforts towards a
Nii Nortey Duah, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, said the Ministry had
since the commencement of preparations towards the event, established perfect
working relationship with the LOC for the successful organisation of the
He said that the end of the competition would not mark the end of the
discipline in the country but it would rather create a platform for further
development of the game in Ghana.
Nii Duah said plans were in place to reintroduce the game in schools and
colleges to ensure its' sustenance.
Mr. Abuga Pele, Chairman of LOC, said the committee was poised to deliver
a successful tournament and appealed to corporate bodies to support the
committee to attain its target.
He said plans were advanced to lure United States President, Barack Obama,
who incidentally arrives in Ghana for an official visit on July 10 to the opening
ceremony to add more colour to the event.
Mr. Pele said that the committee would organise a media seminar for local
and international journalists to enhance their knowledge on the game.
AfHF President Ahmed, who handed over the tournament flag to the LOC,
expressed delight at the level of preparations for the tourney.
“We (AfHF) foresee an excellent organization during the tournament,” said
This is the first time Ghana would be hosting the event since its inception in
Ghana incidentally won the maiden edition.