Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youths and Sports Development, has pledged his ministry’s full support to the Nigeria Hockey Federation (NHF) in improving the hockey sport in Nigeria and Africa.
“We will make effort to support the federation in terms of getting a technical manager and also look into improving the turfs. We will do our best to support hockey with all we can and we are pleading with the African Hockey Federation (Afhf) to give us another chance to host a tournament,” he said.
Simon Nkom, the Acting President of NHF, thanked the ministry for its support towards the success of the hosting of the 2018 edition of the Africa Cup for Club Champions (ACCC).
“We want to also appreciate the minister and the ministry for coming in at the nick of time to save us from what would have been absolutely not a good name. Without mincing words, the success of this tournament belongs to the ministry and we want to say ‘a very big thank you’ for coming in at the nick of time.” he said.
He urged the ministry to help the federation get new turfs to resurface the Abuja National Stadium astro-turf pitch, as well as equipment to help develop the national teams.
Senator added that NHF also needed a technical manager who would help the teams prepare for international tournaments, particularly the Tokyo Olympics qualifying events in 2019.
“Even though we have one of the best facilities in Africa, we still need the support of the ministry in getting a technical manager who will help groom our young talents and prepare us for international tournaments..”
We want the ministry to come to our aid in terms of equipment and most importantly to help us change the surfaces on our pitches so that the beautiful edifice will be able to meet international standard and also be kept in a good shape.” he said.