FOR the first time in history, Tanzania has been invited to take part in the Nile Hockey Tournament to be held in Cairo, Egypt in April, this year.
Tanzania Hockey Association (THA) Secretary Kaushik Doshi told the 'Daily News' from Tanga that the invitation came from Africa Hockey Federation (AHF) President Saif Ahmed. He said that AHF has extended an invitation to men's national teams from different African countries.
Apart from Tanzania other national teams invited are Kenya, Uganda and Sudan along with hosts Egypt. Doshi said that Tanzania has already confirmed it's participating in the tournament.
He said that THA will meet soon to select players who will enter camp ready for the prestigious event. "The camp will be in Dar es Salaam and this tournament is for men's teams only," said Doshi.
"We are so delighted to receive such an invitation; this is a big boost for our players and the game at large. But we still need the support of well-wishers," he added.
"Corporate wishing to boost THA further are encouraged to come forward." Doshi said the hosts are going to provide board and lodging as well as transport to all the participating teams.
He added that the five-nation tournament will surely develop and promote hockey in the region and it will be a big boost to all the invited countries.