Monthly Archives: April 2010

Telkom 4 – 3 Sliders

Telkom orange are the 2010 Vaisakhi Hockey women’s’ champions. The reigning Africa Club Champions were forced to sweat for their win with the resolute and agile Sliders team. Telkom used their model blend of youth and experience, to lead for the better part of the match but were forced to go into the golden goal extra time after a late equalizer by the Sliders captain. Full time ended with a 3 – 3 score line.

Telkom however restored their dominance of the hockey scene soon after the golden goal extra time kick-off with the winning goal that caught the Sliders defense napping.

Kenya Police 5 – 0 Green Sharks

Meanwhile in the mens final, Kenya Police made their intentions of winning the upcoming KHU league known clearly when they drubbed an obviously overwhelmed Green Sharks five goals to nothing. The Sharks had stormed into the final by putting 4 goals past the seemingly unstoppable Pakistan Customs side the previous day.

Kenya Police captain Mosses Cheplait put the cops ahead just before the half time break, before returning to inspire the team to make a mock of Green Sharks title aspirations. The Police side put 4 goals past the Sharks defense in the second half.

Green Sharks 4 – 3 Pakistan Customs

A 10 man Green Sharks team put up a spirited fight to storm their way into the finals of the annual Vaisakhi Hockey Tournament held at the City Park hockey stadium. The sharks were thrice forced to come from behind after conceding an early goal in the second semi-final match against a resolute Pakistan Customs team.

The Pakistan team were the first to score in the 10th minute with a low drive at zero angle, catching the sharks unaware. The sharks then made several goal attempts but were once again caught napping when the visitors scored a second goal through a penalty corner. The Sharks them went into over drive with one wave of attack after another and it was not too long before former Strathmore University midfield king Frank Wanangwe pulled one back for the home side.

The home team was however reduced to 10 men 3 minutes to half time after veteran striker Nixon Nyangaga was sent off for talking down the umpire after being warned.

The Sharks returned from the break with even more zeal but could not contain the experienced Pakistani side who managed a clever flick past the Sharks keeper to almost take the game beyond the Sharks with a 52nd minute goal. There was a lively moment on the stands when the score-board manager erroneously awarded the goal to Green Sharks indicating a 2-2 score line rather than the 3 – 1 score. It took the whistles of the crowd to alert the match officials that the scores were not the correct ones! The officials quickly displayed the correct score line!

The error seemed to spur the Sharks to give it their all. The mid field duo of Frank Wanangwe and Leon Magomere, both former Strathmore players made all the difference for the Sharks, easily weaving past the tired Pakistani players to win a short corner in the 55th minute. Leon went ahead to beat the visitors defense with a low drive to the left corner post, handing the home team a life line. Five minutes latter, the home team drew level with a well woven field goal from Muche sending the home crowd wild with the anticipation of an all Kenyan final!

Sharks never left the gas paddle after that, and earned a well deserved match winner in the dying minutes of the match through a low drive by Frank Wanangwe.

Kenya Police 1 – Ghana Customs 0

Earlier, the stage was set for an all Kenyan final when former League Champions Kenya Police earned a well deserved one goal win over the lucklustre Ghana Customs team. Veteran ‘Shiks’ Shikuku put the Police side ahead in the second half with hist trade mark solo run and a super finish that left the visiting team in sixes-and-sevens.

The Police team now have a chance to lift the first silver ware of the 2010 season and reclaim the honor they lost after being edged out by Strathmore in the League finals last season. Green Sharks had ealier eliminated Strathmore University 1 – 0, in a hotly contested pool B match.

KHU has invited several competitive international sides to the annual Vaisakhi tournament currently going on at the Nairobi City Park Hockey Stadium.

Top foreign teams include Ghana Customs (Team Ghana) and Team Pakistan.

Below are the dates for each of the fixtures.

Adapted form the Saturday Nation April 10 2010 , By SAMMY KITULA

Lenana High School, looking for a comfortable win in the Brookeside Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association boys’ hockey final, got a rude shock after Mang’u High School ran away with the national trophy in yesterday’s final at the Upper Hill School, Nairobi.

In the girls’ category, Kerugoya converted three of their five post-match flicks to defeat Moi Girls Kamusinga 3-2.

A marauding Mang’u soon had Lenana on the ropes and well worked goals saw Mangu win 3-1 after going up 1-0 within 29 minutes through a well-taken Edwin Wanyama penalty flick.

It could have been worse but for Francis Nyutu’s goal-line clearance to keep Lenana in the game as Elvis Nabuna and Bryan Ngugi put a bit of steel into the midfield and then Evanson Alulu crashed a thunder of a shot that went inches wide, with goalkeeper Derrick Omwakwe little troubled.

Rattled the post

Lenana piled up the pressure as they sought the trophy that has eluded Nairobi Province for the last 31 years. The equaliser came through a field goal, a hard shot by Alulu.

The match was characterised by an excellent display of skill with Edwin Mutinda and Valentino Shimanyi redoubtable in defence and Wanyama and Norman Mange sparkling upfront.

Wanyama restored Mang’us the lead in the 57th minute.

Lewis Maina, diving magnificently, denied Wanyama his hat-trick as pressure kept on mounting with the clock ticking away. Maina took up the sweeper’s spot quite well and masterminded the construction of a defensive platform crucial to turning the match around, with Nabuna, Steve Munyao and Mwangi buoying up the team.

The second half saw Mang’u come out all cylinders firing, fresh from an awe-inspiring team talk by captain Wanyama.

One spectator commented: “What did he (Wanyama) give those players during the break?” The answer, of course, was a heavy dose of motivation.

“I told my players that we needed to maintain our cool and finish off Lenana while we still had the chance. They are a good side, and given space they can turn any match around,” said the form four student.


Mang’u showed their mettle by digging deep, notably the injured Shimanyi playing through the pain and skipping round the opposition.

This helped the champions in making devastating breaks. The first came from Samuel Kariuki, with a well worked passing move swiftly up the pitch for Mburu to lay up Munge whose finish almost ripped the wire mesh, but from the sides.

The winning goal came from a defence splitting run by Wanyama, the ball found its way to Chege who rocketed the ball past a frozen Lenana goalkeeper and put the game beyond Lenana’s reach.

Source: By James Onyango For the Tuesday Standard 13th April 2010

In a country where academic performance is valued over excellence in sports, students who pursue extra-curricular activities are easily mistaken as lacking direction and purpose in life. It gets worse when the student-turned sportsman is in his final year the university and his family pile pressure on him to perform well and secure a qualification to help him find a good job and recoup their investment in his education.

But if good grades point to a bright future, then students who excel in both class work and extra-curricular activities have even better prospects, as exemplified by a group of youth on sports scholarships at Strathmore University. The students are either on partial or full scholarships and the rich collection of trophies at the institution tells it all.

Their latest haul, the Kenya Hockey Union Men’s Premier League title, the Kenya National Sevens Cup, the Great Rift ten-a-side Cup and several other trophies in different games, is testament to the students’ sporting prowess.

Strathmore University Hockey team celebrating after winning the mens premier league for the 2009/10 season.

Strathmore University teams play in the Kenya Basketball Federation Men’s Premier League, Kenya Hockey Union Men’s Premier League, Kenya Rugby Football Union League and the Universities Football League.

To date, the teams have won several titles to prove their effort on the pitch since the sports scholarship programme took off at the institution five years ago.

But it is Strathmore’s triumph in hockey that depicts a fairy tale of what effort can achieve when it meets opportunity.

When the national Under-21 hockey team travelled to Cairo, Egypt, for the 2008 Africa Junior Hockey Championships (qualifiers for last year’s junior Hockey World Cup), 12 students from Strathmore formed the core team, including siblings Davis and Frank Wanangwe.

But the players temporarily fell from grace to grass after the team refused to take to the pitch following delay in payment of allowances, leading to a two-year total ban by the Africa Hockey Union, which was later lifted.

A year earlier, the 12 had been part of a team which had won the men’s Nationwide Hockey League and with it, promotion to the Premier League where they gave veterans Kenya Police and Kisumu Simba a run for their money.

Serious counselling

But the ban threatened to wipe out all the gains and it would take serious counselling to turn around the team to become the first varsity side to win last year’s Premier League in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Kenya Police, with siblings Davis and Frank sounding the boards.

Davis is a second year student taking a Bachelor of Business Information Technology degree; Frank is a final year student on the same course, while team captain Kenneth Nyongesa is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Studies degree.

Watching the team during training at Nairobi’s City Park Stadium, one quickly notices a sense of purpose and dedication to the sport which played a key role in their quest for the title just a day before the start of their end of semester examinations. The team coach, former international Meshack Senge, says when the institution’s hockey team enrolled in Kenya Hockey Union Men’s Nationwide league as a nondescript institutional team in 2007, the young scholars dreamt of winning the title one day. And five years later, they achieved it and with it, a slot to battle for continental honours at the Africa Hockey Clubs Championships.

Team discipline

For Senge, strategic planning, embracing technology in training and sticking to set targets are the secrets of success. “Sacrifice and determination have been key to our success, but team discipline has been crucial as players implement what is learnt in training,” said Senge. Senge insists his team would have won the Premier League title on their debut had his players not been banned. The tactician draws from his 15-year experience as a member of the national team.

He has played at different times for local teams like Kisumu Simba, Armed Forces and Italian sides Suelli Hockey Club and Cus Bologna. The veteran coach insists African hockey teams, Kenya included, have lost the plot as European teams have infused pace, technology with vision as opposed to individual flare.

According to Strathmore University Sports Officer Isaac Mwangi, the students are competitively selected, having scored a mandatory Grade B plain and above with strengths in Mathematics in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination, and caught the eye of Strathmore scouts at the Kenya Secondary Schools National Sports Championships in various sports disciplines. Still, the students have to pass a practical assessment in a particular sport. But the success enjoyed by the institution’s teams is a result of having the right individuals in charge of the teams.

“At Strathmore, we believe in getting the right people for the job and this led us to settling for former internationals to coach these teams,” Mwangi explained.

Rugby tactician

Former Kenyan international and former national Fifteens rugby tactician Mitch Ochola is behind the hockey team’s success. The team is at present in France for the Riviera Sevens Rugby Tournament.

Ex-national football team member Mickey Weche is in charge of football, while Fiba-certified Toney Ochieng coaches the basketball team that plays in the Kenya Basketball Federation Men’s Premier League. The ladies’ team is under the tutelage of Silvya Njeri.