Hockey Association of Zimbabwe ( Haz) deputy president Ginny Ross was elected to the African Hockey Federation (AfHF) executive board at the association’s congress which was held at a local hotel in Bulawayo last week.
Gavin Stephens, Haz’s treasurer who has been a member of the AfHF executive board for 12 years, eight of which he served as secretary general, stepped down.
The congress was held last week on the sidelines of the Africa-Olympic hockey qualifiers which were hosted by Zimbabwe at Khumalo Hockey Stadium and ended on Sunday.
Seif Ahmed of Egypt was retained as president of the federation together with his deputies Steve Jaspan of South Africa and Resham Bains of Kenya.
Also retained was secretary-general Nii Quaye-Kumah of Ghana and treasurer Clare Digby.
Hazel Kennedy of Zambia did not seek re-election after serving for four years as a member.
Ross was yesterday excited about being elected and said the challenge was to make things happen in the country and Africa at large.
“It is all about making sure we get things happening. There is a lot of work and the challenge is to make sure things work,” Ross said.
Haz president Farai “Kays” Kanyangarara was also delighted by Ross’ election.
“We were hoping to have two people on the board, but unfortunately Gavin stepped down. We are, however, excited because we still have representation. She will add value to the board with her experience.
“The congress discussed issues of the constitution and to make it more operational and a committee was set up to look into that. We also looked at spreading tournaments over the years and the hosting of such tournaments to most of the countries and to get the so-called smaller countries hosting these tournaments,” Kanyangarara said.
Zimbabwe, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco and Seychelles attended the congress.
Member countries that did not attend were Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Botswana, Sudan, Libya, Togo and Nigeria.