“We are confident of a hitch-free tournament”. Imoedemhe assures as Abuja prepares for ACCC18 in December
As Nigeria prepares to host Africa Cup for Club Championship 2018 (ACCC18) at the National Hockey Stadium, Abuja, Walter Imoedemhe, a technical official with the Nigeria Hockey Federation, has emphasized that Nigeria will be hosting the upcoming Hockey African Club Championship to win. Imoedemhe noted that preparations were ongoing to ensure Nigeria not only successfully hosts the international tournament but also clinch gold in both male and female events.
He said “our level of preparedness for that tournament will convince everybody whether Nigeria will be ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The just ended Super League in Abuja was one of the best as it produced the highest number of youthful players.”
The NHF technical official noted that preparations for the championship would be in two phases, adding that the federation was working in harmony with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure a hitch-free event. He commented, “Preparation for the ACC is in two phases. The preparation of players and retouching the venue for the tournament. Our board is working in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide logistics in other to perfect before the set date. Budgets have been approved for the board to commence preparation on the field. We are also working on getting sponsors to augment government’s effort in order to reduce the burden on the government and the federation.”
“We are not just hosting for formalities sake, but expect a comfortable host and win from our teams. We are happy with the induction of new players into the various representative teams and expect spectators to be thrilled this December.”
“We are working with the Ministry to fix the floodlights and digital scoreboard as some matches would be hosted in the evenings. These are some of the few things needed to give us the finesse needed for the event. As a matter of fact, this stadium is the best in Africa and I believe we will give the world a good tournament come December.”