Ghana has confirmed its participation in the African Olympic qualifiers (AOQ) to be staged at the Khumalo Hockey Stadium in Bulawayo.
In a press release yesterday, the Hockey Association of Zimbabwe (Haz) said: “The African Hockey Federation has issued the official invitation for the event in Bulawayo and countries are now responding.
“Ghana is the first national association to confirm and they will be sending both a men’s and women’s team to the tournament.
“Representatives of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be visiting Bulawayo to show support for this qualification event.”
Haz also confirmed the entry of both the men’s and the women’s national hockey teams.
“Selection has commenced and training is well underway as these teams prepare. This will be the first major event for the men since 2003 and for the women since 2007.
“Both teams failed to make it to Ghana in 2009 for the Africa Cup of Nations.”
Meanwhile, for Khumalo Hockey Stadium, the new artificial pitch left Rotterdam, the Netherlands, last week on schedule and is now on its way to Bulawayo.
The old pitch has been removed from the playing surfaces of the stadium.
The grounds have been significantly cleared in advance of preparations for the AOQ — to put the turf in place.
“The City of Bulawayo parks department have being very positive and have provided significant support whilst a number of the local schools have likewise been sending assistance,” Haz said.