The Ghana National Hockey Team has called on the state to invest in the country’s team and activities to ensure that the sport is promoted.
The team participated in the just ended 2017 Hockey Africa Cup of Nations in the Egyptian City of Ismalia recorded a remarkable feat with both the female and male teams bagging silver and bronze medals respectively.
Captain of the Ghanaian side, Salya Nsalbin who re-echoed his boss’ words also emphasized that players commitment and discipline contributed immensely to the achievements recorded.
He explained that “we realized that we have a lot to give to Ghana and looking at this tournament we were able to play our maximum best.”
He made this remarks while speaking on “The Pulse” on Joy News Wednesday, November 1 with host, Gary Al-Smith.
Nsalbin held that the team’s tolerance level and tactical improvement should be credited moving forward to enhance better performance.
“Normally when we meet Egypt and South Africa the goals are a lot now we are able to play tactically very well and also we were able to listen to our coach who strategized everything for us and it worked for us.
Outlining the challenges facing Hockey in Ghana, the Captain of the Black Spikers appealed to the government and Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide support and resources to ensure the sport grows in the country.
“Government should invest in us because if you don’t there is nothing for us to fight for,” he said.
“Once you sacrifice your own time to play for the nation you need to be awarded.” He continued.
Mr. Ebenezer Frimpong the Head Coach of the team gave his fair assessment of his sides performance and he said, “the team has improved both technically and tactically” after a number of failed attempts and this time “every player was motivated to do his maximum best” at the recent tournament.