Monthly Archives: August 2011

Marching Police on the verge of KHU men’s hockey crown

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Love them or hate them, the Kenya Police is the hockey team of the moment.

Friends and foes alike believe if Kenneth Kaunda’s charges fail to lift the mens hockey premier league title this season, then it will take them long to win it.

Police showed skill, class and style as they crushed KCA-U (5-1) on Sunday to reclaim the KHU mens league from Strathmore University after almost 4 months.

Kenya Navy also left no doubt as to their desire for promotion to the top-league with a convising 6 – 1 thrashing of Parkalnds club to stretch their lead to 5 points on a total 19. Orange ladies also inched closer to their 13th successive title with a 5 -1 win over Vikings.

Italy based Lilian Kimeu notched a hat-trick for the Orange ladies.

Pressure is now on champions strathmore University Gladiators to prove their mantle with a mid-week clash against Nairobi Simba in the offing.

Police and Strathmore are tied on all accounts except goal difference, with Police having a 2 goal advantage. Each has 20 points fro 6 wins and 2 draws. Police have scored 29 and conceded 8 while Strathmore have scored 24 and conceded 5.

Strathmore is chasing its third successive title in only its 4th season in the senior league while Police is yet to win the title, having played second fiddle to Kenya Army then to Kisumu Simba.

This year, the trophy is theirs to loose.

AHF pledges support for Namibian hockey

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It would be unthinkable if Namibia does not participate at the 2011 African Cup Olympic Games qualifiers in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. This was the sentiment of the President of the African Hockey Federation Seif Ahmed and its treasurer Claire Digby as they visited Namibia over the past weekend.

The President and Treasurer expressed their support of the Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) promising that they would lobby the Namibian government to provide financial support to enable the national hockey team participate in the Olympic qualifiers, to begin in less than 3 weeks.

10 Aug, 2011.. Five Kenya Police players are amongst eight axed from the mens national hockey team preparing for the 2012 Olympic games Africa Qualifiers due September 3rd in Zimbabwe.

Midfielders Godfrey Wakachunga, Felix Okoth and striker Moses Cheplait, Brian Saina (defender) and Duke Ombagi (goalkeeper) were dropped when the team was trimmed down to 21 players.

Police now remain with 3 players in the team. They are Francis Kayieko (goalkeeper), mid-fielders Willis Okeyo and Paul Birir.

Also dropped from the team are Tony Nyikuri of Greensharks, Francis Eshikuri of Strathmore and Gordon Owuor of KCA-U.

Strathmore make the bulk of the team with 11 players.

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KHU to trim down Kenya national hockey teams

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Aug 04, 2011… The Kenya Hockey Union is set to formally unveil the new national team anytime this week.

This follows a series of friendlies carried out last weekend at the City Park hockey stadium in Nairobi, after several months of weekly training sessions at the same venue.

The men and women teams had earlier been trimmed from 35 to 29 players in June () and were dominated by Orange ladies team members and Strathmore University (men).

While efforts to get the new list of 20 has proved futile thus far, reliable sources indicate that the KHU, through the National hockey team manager Mr. Randiek, has opted to send direct text messages to individual players informing them that they have “made it to the final 20″.

Players contacted confirmed this but pleaded anonymity to avoid confrontation with the union.