Nigeria hockey gurus honour Elizabeth King

Author: George Ernest Asare
Mr Yohana Faruk (second right) presenting the present to Ms King. Looking on are Mr Salisu Jabbo (right), the brother of the Chief of Adamawa State who presented the gift, and Alhaji Ahmed Bashar, a member of the NHF

The Nigeria Hockey Federation (NHF) and the Sardauna Kulinyi of Adamawa State of North East Nigeria, Alhaji Sani Khalid, have honoured Ms Elizabeth Safoah King of Ghana for her election to the Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

While the Sarduana Kulinyi of Adamawa State presented a native ornament to Ms King, the NHF presented a citation of recognition to the Ghanaian.

She received ‘Alkebba’, a native Nigerian women’s ornament, and a fan for her immense contribution to the development of hockey in the continent over the years from being a former player for the Prison Service team to becoming vice-president of the Ghana Hockey Association (GHA) and a treasurer of the Africa Hockey Federation (AHF).

Ms King was elected onto the FIH board last year and has since been supporting the development of hockey at the local and international levels.

Presenting the items, an NHF official, Mr Yohana Faruk, called on member countries of the continental body to actively support the Ghanaian official to enable her to realise her goal of raising the standard of hockey in Africa.

“We are proud to have one of us as a member of the board of FIH. That is why we should all join hands to cushion her to deliver, and with our support she will be able to initiate programmes that will help us compete favourably at the highest level of hockey tournaments,” Mr Faruk said.