By Dennis Osei Gyamfi, GNA
Accra, March 13, GNA – Umaru Nafisatu, a member of national female hockey team (the Black Sticks), has said, the team is poised to win medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
According to Nafisatu, the team has prepared adequately and was in high spirit to deliver a gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Team Ghana left to Gold Coast, Australia on Monday after a short ceremony in Accra, for pre-game preparations to acclimatise with the conditions in the host city before the start of the Games.
This is the last of a three phase preparations for all the 12 disciplines representing Ghana at the Games.
The first was a non-residential training, before moving into a residential training camp and then climaxing it with an intense and familiarisation preparations in Gold Coast three weeks before the event starts.
Nafisatu, who was adjudged the 2015 Sports Writer Association of Ghana (SWAG) female hockey player of the year, told the GNA Sports, before the team departed that, the team was happy with the efforts by the ministry to give them the best preparations.
She said the ministry has shown so much interest in them, adding that it has given them enough motivation to give off their best.
The Police Ladies defender added that, though they were the underdogs in the competition, they have had enough motivation so far to go for gold and make Ghana proud.
“We know we are going to play some of the best countries in the competition. It is not going to be easy. We are the least ranked country (hockey team) in the Commonwealth Games.
“We are ranked 30 and our competitors are all within the first 20 ranked teams. So this camping is going to be very good for us because we are going there early and can adapt well,” she said.