The Veterans Hockey Club (VHC) will today organise a testimonial match for two of their own at the National Hockey Stadium (NHS). The match will be played between Veterans and Citizens.
The testimonial match has been a ritual performed by the hockey fraternity for members who attained the 60-year mark in the season.
Last year, a similar match was played in honour of the President of the Ghana Hockey Association (GHA), Oko Nikoi Djani.
This year’s game will be played in honour of Dennis Amoa Ababio known in hockey as ‘Dracula’ and Clement Entsra-Mensah also known as ‘Turas.’
The organiser, Mr. Kenneth Johnfia, confirmed that the testimonial matches has been with the fraternity for a while and it was played as and when a member attained the 60 mark therefore not an annual event.
He explained that the match is honoured to show appreciation to the individuals for their massive contribution to the development of the sport over the years.
Giving an account of the two experienced players, Mr. Johnfia said the two have paid their dues to the hockey association and continue to support them in their programmes.
He said ‘Dracula’ began his hockey career in the late 60s and made is first appearance in a competitive league when he was a student at the Achimota Senior High School.
He joined the national hockey team in 1971 and was later made the captain. He also led the team to the All Africa Games in the 80s. He was said to have also provided kits for the association in his hey day.
‘Dracula’ currently owns a juvenile team called ‘Way Sares’ and also go round the country to organise hockey clinics for the youth with his own resources.
Mr. Entsra-Mensah (Turas), also began his hockey ambition at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and later continued at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon.
He served as the welfare officer of the Veterans Club and later served as the treasurer for the club. During his days as the treasurer, he was said to be one of the best treasurers the club had.
He is currently the director of Library services at UCC but always supports the game and club anytime he is called upon.
Meanwhile, due to the testimonial match, the last round of matches that were scheduled to take place to end the 2012 Graeter Accra Regional hockey season has been postponed to Saturday July 28, 2012.
However, an outstanding match between Customs Excise and Preventive Services (CEPS) and Reformers from the Ghana Prisons Service (GPS) will be played ahead of today’s testimonial match.