NHA league could to start this year

By elvince joshua
Jun 01, 2014
  • Telkom Orange and Strathmore University are some of the teams at the Nairobi Cup organized by Nairobi Hockey Association. (SNA File Photo)

Nairobi Hockey Association (NHA) which was revived this year is set to start a league sometime this year.

Today (Sunday), officials and club respresentatives will meet at the annual general meeting at the City Park Stadium board room. The meeting coincides with the Nairobi Cup which has been organized by the association.

 In the meeting, the members are expected to ratify the Constitution which will be forwarded to the Sports Registrar for approval in accordance with the Sports Act.

Speaking about the proposed league, Godfer Bila, a NHA Executive member said: “We’ve even done the fixtures that will be released soon.” 

The association is currently in the process of registering teams for the league which is expected to be made up of all the teams taking part in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) league .

Teams which are based outside Nairobi such as Kisumu Simba, Homa Bay Club, Nakuru Sikh, Western Jaguars (Kakamega), Mombasa Institute and Mvita XI from Mombasa are technically knocked out.

The league will be played under floodlits on Wednesdays and Thursdays, something that Bila who is also the national men’s team manager believes will give players the much needed match fitness.

“If a team plays on Wednesday in our league then that those players will play on Sunday in the KHU league,” explains Bila.

Moi Girls impresses fans

Meanwhile,  Moi Girls Nairobi were the darling of the crowd at the thre- day Nairobi Cup tournament which is going on at the Nairobi City Park stadium.

They were not shy to express their skills against a much more experienced United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) and surprised the KHU league runners up by levelling the scores 1-1 after Rhoda Kuira had given USIU-A the lead.

Hannah Wasilwa leveled the scores from a penalty flick after a blunder by USIU-A defense but Naise restored the pride for USIU-A with a brace.  

Then, experience came into play when USIU-A took control of the proceedings and emerged winners 3-1. One of the outstanding USIU-A players was Pauline Nasimuyu.

Despite the loss, Moi Girls left the pitch with their heads up as they were cheered by a handful of hockey fans.

In the other matches, Telkom Orange A beat Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) 6-0. Kenya Police edged out Strathmore University 1-0. The tie between Park Road and Thika Road ened in a barren draw.