The annual Professor Evans Atta Mills hockey tournament took a different turn when the civilians and security service personnel (Police, Fire Service, Prisons Service, CEPS) in both the male and female national hockey teams pitted their strengths against each other. The match was played also as part of their preparations for the upcoming 2019 African National Cup Hockey tournament in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

While the security service personnel in the female team pipped their civilians counterparts 1-0 through a goal scored by Rahel Bamfo, the tide changed in the men’s game as the civilians defeated the security service counterparts 4-3 in a tensioned packed match.

A brace by Francis Tettey and a goal each by Michael Akuamoah and Emmanuel Ankomah were enough for the civilians to brush aside their opponents who scored through goals by Richard Adjei (a brace) and Ernest Opoku.

The male civilian and female service personnel teams became the proud recipients of giant Atta Mills Memorial trophies.

Other winners include Sapholda who claimed the title for the Masters level after they defeated Golden Sticks of Bank of Ghana 1-0, dismissed Financiers 2-0 and earned a 1-0 victory over Citizens International for the bragging rights as champions.

At the youth level, goals by Ryan Takyi and Mathew Lartey secured a 2-0 win for Real Ambassadors over Ark Boys to claim the title.

The tournament was organised by Samuel Atta Mills in honour of his late father and former President of Ghana, who was a versatile hockey player and played a key dole in the development of the sport, including the reconstruction in 2009 of the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium.

The male national team coach, Ebenezer Frimpong, expressed his satisfaction with the performance of his players and said they would prepare adequately for the August 12-18 tournament in South Africa where Ghana would battle with the hosts, Egypt, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria for the sole ticket to represent Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Credit : Ghanaweb