Monthly Archives: February 2012

March 3rd, 2012… The Seychelles Hockey Federation through the Chairman, Sharo Valentin, is proud to invite you to its Social Hockey Festival to commemorate the forty years of hockey existence in Seychelles. The Hockey festival to take place form 1st – 5th August 2012,  is a social, competitive event for hockey lovers, open to teams in Seychelles and other countries.

Seychelles is a group of tropical islands located in the Indian Ocean, north east of Madagascar.  It is well known for its beaches and friendly people.  Tourism is the main pillar of its economy.

The competition is for 11-a-side teams and they will play several games on artificial soccer pitch.  In view of the fact that Seychelles is a small island State the Hockey Federation will accept the first 10 teams to register. Interested clubs and teams are encouraged to express their interest of participation as soon as possible and confirmation of registration at least three months in advance.

February 23, 2012…After the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL), India’s National Sport is set to tread the same path. World Series Hockey (WSH), a joint initiative between the Suniel Shetty is the captain of team-Mumbai Heroes

Suniel says, “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to promote the sport, which actually made us proud decades ago. In the ’60s and ’70s, if Indians were known for anything, it was hockey. There were players like Sher Khan, Govinda and Zafar Iqbal, who were unbelievably good in their time.”

An open letter to the Kenya Hockey Union – Proposal on how to play the league

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February 23, 2012
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An open letter to the Kenya Hockey Union – Proposal to play league.

The points I am putting forward on this article concerns the  Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) and hockey stakeholders (clubs) in Kenya. This note is necessitated by the fact that KHU, which is body mandated to run the hockey league in Kenya on behalf of clubs is becoming an enemy of the clubs and hockey fraternity as a whole.

My points are as follows:
1. Who is the Kenya Hockey Union?
2. Games in the hockey league
3. Cost of the  hockey league
4. Promotion and demotion in league
5. National team
6. KHU cup
7. Other matters

Ksh. 40,000 for two days at Nairobis City Park hockey stadium

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February 20, 2012…. Ksh. 40,000. That is the amount that the Kenya Hockey Union wants Greensharks Hockey Club – one of the oldest self-supporting clubs in Kenya – to pay to use the City Park Hockey stadium for two days.

And not only that; the amount must be paid upfront before any person sets foot at the stadium.

Greensharks have been planning the tournament (Greensharks David Olalo’s (Patron) memorial Hockey Tournament)  to honor its club patron, who passed on in a tragic road accident in December 2011.

The demands by the union has now forced the self-supporting club to change the venue of the tournament to the less expensive Barclays Sports Club along Thika road.Though having a murram surface, the club has better and cleaner facilities than the run-down city park stadium.

It is a 1-leg league format for 2012 kenya hockey season!

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February 18, 2012…The 2012 season of the Kenya Hockey Union leagues will be on a one-leg format. A dispatch from KHU’s Secretary General, Vivien  confirms that the league format will be the same as the two preceding seasons.

A meeting held between clubs officials and the union () in January had requested the Union to restore the 2-leg KHU league format, but the board of the union analyzed the request and resolved that the 2-leg format would be expensive to the Kenya Hockey Union and the participating teams.

The KHU board argues that a 2-leg format would mean that up country teams will be required to make more trips (to Nairobi) to honor their fixtures yet already, the response from teams in terms of registration/league entry (for the 2012 league season) is poor -  indicating that teams are undergoing financial difficulties.