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KHU 2011 fixtures – 1 (partial)

The Kenya Hockey Union has released fixtures for the 2011 hockey season.

The partial fixtures, running for a period of one month has a total of 15 matches being played from 5th March through to 20th March with the National team training set for the weekend of 26th and 27th March.

Kimathi University entertain Kenya Polytechnic on 5th March at 2:00pm as Strathmore seeks to welcome newly promoted junior league champions Karate Axiom at 4:00. Both matches are at City Park.

The complete fixture:

Saturday 5th March 2011

1. National Men Kimathi Uni Vs Kenya Polytechnic [3 - 0] 2.00 P.M City Park
2.Premier Men Strathmore Vs Karate [4 - 0] 4.00 P.M City Park

Sunday 6th March 2011

3. National Women USIU-A Vs Strathmore [1 - 2] 12.00 P.M City Park
4. National Men UON  Vs JKUAT [0 - 2] 2.00 P.M City Park
5. Premier Men Nrb Simba Vs Parkroad [8 - 2]
4.00 P.M City Park

Saturday 12th March 2011

6. National Women Sliders Vs Vikings [2 - 0] 2.00 P.M City Park
7. Premier Men Greensharks  Vs Wazalendo [1 - 0] 4.00 P.M City Park

Sunday 13th March 2011

8. National Men Parklands Vs Daystar [8 - 0 ] 12.00 P.M City Park
9. National Women Orange Vs Daystar Uni [22 - 0] 2.00 P.M City park
10. Premier Men Kenya Police Vs USIU-A [1 - 0] 4.00 P.M City Park

Saturday 19th March 2011

11. Premier Men KCAU  Vs. Parkroad [2 - 0] 2.00 P.M City Park
12. National Men Parklands Vs Nakuru [1 - 1] 4.00 P.M City Park

Sunday 20th March 2011

13. National Men Multi Media Vs Nakuru [0 - 3 ] 12.00 P.M City Park
14. Premier Men Greensharks Vs USIU-A [3 - 2] 2.00 P.M City Park
15. Premier Men Nrb Simba Vs Wazalendo [1 - 0]
4.00 P.M City Park

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March 2011

NATIONAL TEAM  TRAINING

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Maxwel Fuchaka of Strathmore with trophies

Maxwel Fuchaka of Strathmore with trophies

Nairobi Simba and Orange ladies hockey team lifted the inaugural floodlight hockey tournament by defeating league defending champions Strathmore and runners-up Virgin Vikings in a tightly contested finals at City Park stadium, Nairobi.

In the first match that kicked off at 8:25 pm, Orange defeated Vikings ladies 5 – 3 on penalties after a barren draw in an balanced match. Both teams enjoyed good spells with Orange’s Tioni and new signing Barbra Simiyu coming close to give the champions a lead but were denied by the skillful Vikings keeper.

The second match delivered as much as it promised. Nairobi Simba were full house and were out to put an end to Strathmore’s dominance of the KHU league while Strathmore was out to make a statement on what they can do.

Simba fired the first salvo less than 3 minutes into the match with the inspirational Zack Aura working his way past the defence to take a low backhand shot to the right corner past the goalkeeper. The goal clearly caught the students un-awares and they struggled to regain composure for the remainder of the half.

The second half was a different story altogether with Simba soaking in one counter attack after the other from the students.  The reward came soon in the form of a goal by Frank Wanangwe after some classic assist from George Mutira, who worked his way past several defenders.  The one-all tie would result in penalty flicks, where Simbas experience woul see the score all 4 flicks while Strathmore missed all but 1. The final score : 5 – 2.

The tournament was graced by ports assistant minister Kabando wa Kabando who switched on the lights at exactly 8pm in front of a lively crowd. Other guests included the Kenya Hockey Union chairman Resham Bains, National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman Kipchoge Keino, Musco Lighting president, Joe Crookham and Africa Hockey Federation (AHF) chairman Seif Ahmed.

The tournament also doubled up as the presentation ceremony for last seasons winners of the Kenya Hockey Union men and womens leagues as follows: Strathmore – mens premier league winners, Kenya Police – mens premier league runner up, Orange – Ladies league winners, USIU – Ladies runner up, Karate Axiom – National league winners and Mombasa Institute – National League runner up.

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The weekend also saw two tournaments: one held in Eldoret hosted by Eldoret Youngsters and the other at City Park hosted by Strathmore.

The Eldoret Tourney saw Kimathi Univ. face off but lose bravely to Kenya Police in the finals. The semi finals had pitted Kimathi A vs Kimathi B on one side while K.Police A and K.Police B faced off in the other semis.

The City park tourney, whose proceeds were to be used to support famine striken areas of Kenya, saw  Strathmore A face Strathmore B in one semi final while Green Sharks faced USIU-A in the other. The sharks defeated USIU-A on penalty flicks but lost to Strathmore B in the finals. The ladies championship was on a round robin basis: Sliders and Strathmore ladies emerged tops.

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Zimbabwe to host All Africa Games (Hockey)

Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) chairman Resham Bains says that the All African Games, which also act as the 2012 London Olympic qualifiers,  will be held in Zimbabwe and not Mozambique as the rest of the events. This is because the latter has no International Olympic Committee approved hockey facility.

The chairman said this on Wednesday (23rd Feb 2011) as teh union received Ksh. 395,000 from the National Olympic Committee (NOC-Kenya) as part of the sponsorship for the floodlight tournament that began last weekend.

Kenya is preparing a strong team for the qualifiers and the KHU chair expressed optimism that the country will pull a surprise in Zimbabwe and qualify for London 2012. “The floodlights will go a long way in helping the union prepare the team a head of the continental championship” said Bains.

In addition to the all african games, the union is also preparing for the Nile Basin hockey tournament in Egypt in May.

Orange Ladies Hockey team announces major changes

Orange Ladies Hockey team announces major changes ahead of the National Ladies Hockey League

The Orange Ladies Hockey team has beefed up its technical bench ahead of the Kenya Hockey Union season that begins in March.

Team Captain and veteran national goalkeeper Josephine Ataro, and experienced players Rose Mbulo, Betty Tioni and Jackline Ogot, will be joining Coach Jos Openda in strategic engagement aimed to steer the team to new heights of success.

Openda said this was one of the steps that they are taking to maintain their leadership in the local league and as they prepare for continental and international competitions later the year.

“The four players who have been elevated to the technical benches are all trained coaches and have represented the country at an international level. I believe that their experience and skills will come in handy and we nurture the existing players and new sign-ups to team”, he said.

Among the players confirmed to be joining the team this season is former number one goal keeper in the Under-16 national team; Cynthia Onyango. Cynthia has already been training with the team after she finished her O-level’s at Lwak Girls High School.

The team has also signed up Ruth Njoki, Sarah Bonareri, Lucy Waguthi and Nancy Wanjui, who were among the star players at Kerugoya Girls Secondary School as well as Tracy Nungari who was in the St. Georges High School team. Defender Mercy Khayeli who was in Misihu High school has also joined the team.

Openda said the new sign-ups put up a good performance at the qualifier matches of the Kenya Hockey Union Invitational Floodlit Tournament matches that were held over the weekend.

He said they chose the new sign ups based on their experience in their former school based teams and potential they exude. He said they will train together with the existing players in the team so that they can together forge a formidable front in the national hockey league.

The coach has also revealed that they are currently engaged in high-level talks with players from other teams, with a view to strengthening the team that has maintained a stellar performance in the local ladies league.

Strathmore face Simba as Orange battle Vikings

Kenya Hockey Union Mens’ premier league champions Strathmore University is set to meet Nairobi Simba in the finals NOC-Kenya floodlight hockey tournament on Friday 25th February.

Ladies champions Telkom Orange is set to meet Virgin Vikings in the ladies final.

Strathmore won all their fixtures save for a 0 – 0 draw with their perinial rivals Kenya Police. Strathmore overcame Coast 11 by 3 goals to zero, then eclipsed Kisumu Combined by 2 – 1, with Kelly of Kisumu giving the lakeside team the consolation goal. This turned out to be the only goal that the students would concede that day. The students edged Green Sharks 1 – 0 courtesy of a George Mutira goal, followed by a 3 – 0 win over Nairobi Simba.

Nairobi Simba on their part saw off Kenya Police by 1 goal to 0 through a Zack Aura goal before their match with Strathmore. Simba had earlier overcome Green Sharks by 1 – 0 through a penalty flick.

Orange beat USIU-A 1 – 0 before drawing with Sliders 0 – 0 and seeing off Vikings by 1 – 0.  Vikings striker Gloria Zalo sunk USIU-A with her well executed field goal to send them young team to the finals.

Fridays finals is to act as the launch of the floodlights at City Park. The matches begin at 7:00 pm.

Entrance is free.