Ghana prepares for Algeria 2018
The national u17 female hockey team have started intense training for the upcoming Youth Olympics qualifier in Algeria.
The team started non-residential camping in March this year and have taken their preparations to another level with residential camping from the 5th of July, 2018.
The team is made of 11 players which will be trimmed to nine before they depart for Algeria.
The team includes the dependable Esther Nuatro, Eleanor Otoo and Hagiet Copson.
Squad in full; Goalkeeper- Esther Nuatro Fafali (Ark Ladies).
Field players- Eleanor Otoo (GRA ladies), Asana Gbati (Extinguishers ladies), Akoto Charity (Extinguishers ladies), Rafiatu Okine (Ark ladies), Quaison Rachael (Ark ladies), Donkor Rebecca (Extinguishers ladies), Hagiet Copson (Real Ambassadors ladies), Antwi Doris (Ark ladies) and Blessing Samuel (Extinguishers ladies).
“The players are in good shape ahead of the tournament…we are fully prepared because everyone is doing her best so we get to the top”, Coach Ramatu Abass told isports360 during an interview after training on Saturday.
“We have students amongst the players and that is a challenge due to their end of term examinations which is ongoing. We have written to the schools and we pray they will allow these players travel with us”, she added.
“We are going to Algeria and repeat what we did here in Ghana that is winning the ultimate”, she concluded.
The five aside tournament will serve as a ticket to the World Youth Olympics in Argentina later this year with the winner and runner-up grabbing automatic qualification.
Ghana will be battling with Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa and host Algeria.
The team is expected to leave the country latest by Saturday 14th July, 2018.