Monthly Archives: January 2011

In an effort to get back to their former wining ways, one of Kenya’s oldest clubs, Parkroad, is turning to its old guards for inspiration.

Coach Crispine Opiyo says the team has faced a challenge in retaining young talented players, often losing them to established clubs able to offer employment or institutional teams who offer scholarships. A number of the clubs former and current players have pledged monetary support for the premier league club.

The team is angling for a top four finish in the KHU 2011 season.

One-leg league format to be retained by KHU

Kenya Police's captain Moses Cheplait attempts to dribble past Strathmore's Maxwel Fuchaka during a previous encounter

A Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) policy that advocates for regional balance has been invoked to enable Western Kenya’s only representative to the mens premier league, Western Jaguars, survive relegation to the lower cadre national league.

The Jaguars finished in the relegation zone in their first appearance in the senior league.

Nashon Randiek of the KHU secretary generals office confirmed that the mens premier league will have 12 teams after Jaguars are retained and Karate Axiom are promoted. The league will however be on a one-leg format to allow ample time for the national team to prepare for the All Africa Games and the Olympic qualifiers.

A section of teams have expressed dissatisfaction with the one-leg format arguing it denies players time on the pitch. This is compounded by KHU *controlling tournaments in the country by cutting down the number of tournaments to less than two-thirds of 2008-2009 tournaments.

2010 saw the country’s clubs participate in less than 5 tournaments.

Schools arrive in Maseno School for Amadi Sevens tournament

Wanyama formerly of Mangu High during a previous Kenya Secondary Schools hockey championship

Amadi Sevens (Maseno Open) is set to start today (5th January 2011) at Maseno National School, Kisumu. The games had over 150 schools last year and featured hockey, basketball, rugby and handball.

Boys hockey defending champions Musingu boys and girls champions Mukumu Girls face stiff competition this year.
Best of luck to the participating teams.

Kenya Hockey National Training Weekend 15th-16th January 2011

Mvita (yellow) battle against parkroad in a 2010 encounter

After a restful Christmas break, during which teams participated in various friendlies and in the Africa Club Championship, the Kenya Hockey scene is back to life and KHU is leading the way by announcing the convening of the 1st national training session for 2011.

An email from Teddy Jhite, the Convenor of the KHU Coaching and Development Committee to club managers and coaches invites all selected players for the two training days as below:

Saturday 15th January 2011 – 2:30 pm
Sunday 16th January 2011 – 10:00 am

The sessions are to be held at City Park Stadium in Nairobi.

Jhite emphasizes  that the team will be preparing in earnest for the Olympic Qualifiers latter this year and must have dedication from all selected players. “Note also that we will shortly be trimming the squard to 25 players and therefore attendance is essential and will be the criteria for selection” says Jhite.

List of provisional national team