Black Sticks captain confident of improved performance

Acting captain of the Senior National female Hockey team, Gertrude Sam Inkoom has said that, she is confident her side will improve on their performance as compared to last year.

She said the team was determined to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games and also move a step further in the Federation International Hockey (FIH) World League, but that could not happen due to circumstances beyond their control.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) influential player described the year 2015 as challenging.

“2015 was a packed year for us because we participated in many competitions, which improved our performance considering the kind of training sessions we have here. In a whole, it wasn’t a bad year for us although we had some challenges in terms of finances, but be it all, we had a good year as a team and am confident we can better our performance.” The captain said.

She mentioned that the team participated in the second round of the FIH World League in India, and although their performance was not too good, she described it as satisfactory.

With support from England Hockey and FIH, the Black Sticks went for a two-week training tour in England to fine-tune their preparations ahead the hockey Africa Cup of Nations, which also served as a qualifier for the Olympic Games.

The team finished second in the qualifiers but could not qualify because there was just a slot for the continent.

Ghana will host the first round of the FIH World League, and she believes her side are poised to start the hockey season on a good note.