Orange to beef up squad with Academy graduates

By elvince joshua
Dec 31, 2014

Telkom Orange, 17 time Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) National women’s league champions will not go for big names and established players to beef up their squad ahead of the new season.

Orange, Kenya's most successful women's hockey Club is expected to have a busy season ahead of them which include defending the national and Continental titles and the fact that the club provides the bulk of players to the national team-they were, at least expected to strengthen their squad.

But Jos Openda, Orange coach says he has no plans to bring in big names to his camp saying he will be giving chance to players from the feeder club Orange Young Rovers. The national team is expected to take part in the World League Two championship expected to take place in February in India besides the Continental Olympics qualifiers later in the year.

"We are concentrating on beefing up the squad from our youth program," Openda said. The side has been coming up steadily having reached the Angelo de Souza (Sana) memorial tournament final last November.

Just as Orange, United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) who finished third behind Orange and Strathmore University will also use the same team that won the Angelo De Souza and East Africa Sports Association titles this year. Strathmore have kept their transfer cards close to their chest though they are expected to lose players to opposing teams.

James Mwangi, USIU-A coach won the region University games in Kampala, Uganda without conceding a goal and the tactician plans to follow the Institutional policy of of building players from scratch.

"You cannot just buy players just because you want results," observed Mwangi. "We expect teams like Orange and Strathmore to beef up but we will give young girls a chance to prove themselves. I expect them to be more mature, our plans is to develop players." added Mwangi.

Butali Sugar (Kisumu Simba) who dethroned Kenya Police in in the Premier League has gone out full throttle is scouting for some of Kenya’s best players.

Cliff Okello is expected to be given loads of money to splash during the transfer season when their new sponsors, Butali Sugar finally hand over their sponsorship package to the team.

Butali are eyeing another Strathmore University player Seth Oburu to bolster their midfield. If they succeed in luring Oburu, he will join Frank Wanangwe, another Strathmore player who crossed to Kisumu.