Inaugural Super Eight tournament set for Easter weekend

By elvince joshua
Mar 25, 2013

The Kenyan Hockey family will gather at the City Park stadium over the Easter holiday for the inaugural Super Eight tournament.

This will be the third competitive hockey tournament being played this year even as fans and players wait the Kenya Hockey Union elections to pave way for the league kick off.

The delayed election which was supposed to take place last December is holding and heading into April there is still no sign of when the league will kick off.

The current officials term of office ended last December with the outgoing vice chairman, Nashon Randiek pointing towards holding the elections in the third week of April.

Randiek who will be defending his vice chairman’s position in the coming elections says that there will be a meeting this weekend at City Park to set the election date.

The league was initially scheduled to kick off mid this month. “There is a meeting over the weekend that will spell out all those dates,” said Randiek.

League may kick off in May

Even though the union has set mid April, (20th /21) weekend as the probable week the league is suppose to take off, that weekend is fully booked by the Nairobi Hockey Association (NHA) that will be hosting the Vaisakhi tournament on the same dates and venue.

This will mean that the league could be pushed to May and teams like Telkom Orange and Nairobi Simba who will be taking part in the Africa Club championship later in the year may be disadvantaged due to congested fixture that awaits the two teams or even lack match fitness.

The Super Eight will see eight teams, five from the Premier league and three from the national battle it out in the men’s category while the women’s will see all the eight teams from the national premier league battle it out for the trophies.

Close to 20 teams are expected to take part in the Vaisakhi tournament with 15 men and four ladies are expected to take part. Three teams from Tanzania are lined up to participate.