ACCRA (Xinhua) —
Ghana has stepped up preparations to host the
2016 World Hockey League series Round One at the Theodosia Okoh
Hockey Stadium in Accra from September 9-11.
tournament will determine the male and female teams that will
take a one step closer to the International Hockey Federation’s
(FIH) World Cup in 2018.
Both male and female
national teams from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Namibia, would
compete to see who qualifies for the second round of the World
League in Valencia, Spain, for the female category and
Bangladesh for the male category, both in February 2017.
For the Ghana team,
the tournament is an opportunity to build enough ranking points
to enable them to qualify for the next Commonwealth Games to be
held in Gold Coast, Australia, in April 2018.
The President of the
Ghana Hockey Association, Richard Akpokavie, said everything was
on course to deliver a successful tournament, and appealed to
corporate bodies for financial support to host the contest,
which will be Ghana’ s first time of playing host to a major
hockey event since 2012.