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May 27, 2009 | Hockey

AfHF Hockey Africa Cup for Nations officially launched

GNA

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

Conference Centre.
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

Buster.
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

successful event.
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

competition.
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

the Egyptian.
This is the first time Ghana would be hosting the event since its inception in

1974.
Ghana incidentally won the maiden edition.
GNA

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