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19.01.2007 Football News

Penultimate Matches Tomorrow

By myjoyonline
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The Areeba Hockey League makes a return tomorrow at the Theodosia Okoh pitch after a week's break to enable new national team coach, Reinoud Wulff, to assess the team.

Tomorrow's penultimate matches could be the last for three of the country's representatives to the January 29 to February 4, African Hockey Championship in Nairobi, Kenya.

Marine Sticks of the Ghana Armed Forces, Golden Sticks of the Ghana Commercial Bank and Extinguishers of the Ghana National Fire Service depart next weekend via Kenya Airlines to the games venue where they will be seeking to improve on Ghana's previous silver and bronze medals.

Runaway league champions, Golden Sticks, have a morale-boosting date with out-of-form Exchequers before their departure. It wcould be a back-to-back victory for the Ghana Commercial Bank boys who mauled the Central Bank boys 3-1 in the opening game.

Lead striker Joseph Appiah and young Elikem Akaba are expected to be in their devastating form for Golden Sticks to demonstrate what they are capable of doing in the East African country.

Marine Sticks who are peaking just on time for the Nairobi games face second on the table Trustees of SSNIT. With their back-to-batan coach Edmund Zankoh and star player Salia Nsalbini, who is back from an European attachment programme, the Mariners are tipped to send some positive signals to their bosses that they could make an impact at the tournament despite an earlier poor run.

In the Senior League, leaders Multistix clash with NDK Financial Services in a fierce battle. Multistix who are at the summit lead by three points, but the financiers who will be led by the Chairman of the Ghana Hockey Association, Oko Nikoi Dzani, have vowed to overturn the results. Veterans lock horns with Citizens in the other Senior League encounter.

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