Tanzania Hockey Association (THA) secretary general, Kaushik Doshi, said yesterday the tournament, to be played at the Sikh Union complex, will involve Zambia, Malawi and hosts, Tanzania.
The event, he said, has been organized by the body in collaboration with the AfHF under the auspices of the International Hockey Federation (IHF).
“Tanzania and Zambia will field national men and women teams in the event, whereas Malawi will only enter a men’s team,” Doshi said.
He said it will be the first time for THA to host the prestigious international tournament, with the AfHF having chosen the name of the tournament and insisting on the need for THA to host the event.
Hosting the event in Arusha, Doshi said, gears towards, among others, boosting promotion of hockey in the region.
The tournament, Doshi disclosed, has been made possible by tremendous efforts by NMB and COPE, which once again came to assist THA by sponsoring the hosts’ national teams.
“THA also acknowledges the great contributions by these two firms besides others in developing the sport in the country. Doors, though, are still open for any other company to be part of this event through sponsorship,” the THA official said.
Doshi disclosed that the winner of the event, which serves as the hockey Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifiers, shall represent its country to the at the latter event, which will be held in South Africa in August.
“Although this event is open to countries that are ranked from eighth onwards in Africa, a few countries have confirmed to participate in it because of distance and financial constraints,” he said.
Doshi, moreover, said all the preparations for the event are going on smoothly, with the national men and women teams said to be undergoing vigorous training and looking forward to it.
“We have also appointed Monu Singh as the chairman of the Local Organising Committee to oversee the smooth hosting of the tournament,” he disclosed.
“The tournament director is coming from Egypt, while umpires’ manager is coming from Nigeria. Along with that, there would be neutral umpires from Kenya besides the umpires and judges from the participating countries.”