UoN Aim For Promotion To KHU Premier League

Mar 05, 2012

University of Nairobi men’s hockey team finished fifth last year in the 13 team Kenya Hockey Union, KHU national league but without playing one of their matches and the team has intensified their preparing for the 2012 session with an aim of finishing top of the league.

The team which released only one player, Samuel Wokila who joined league champions, Kenya Police is seeking to gain promotion to the KHU main league next year.

“We can’t clearly say which position we finished at, if you remember we didn’t play one match which could have determined a lot in terms of positioning but we are all out this season to improve our performance and we’re going for nothing sort of the title,’ said the captain Dennis Aganyo.

According to Aganyo, the team has signed two more players this season, former Mombasa Institute goalkeeper Maoris Musyoka and Tatia Johnston who joined the team from another varsity side Kenyatta University. The captain who is also doubling as the coach says that they are equally ready to challenge for the title and their main aim is to finish top in the KHU national league.

Also, UoN are the current hockey champions of the East Africa Inter University games. They remain self supported with no sponsorship from the games department of UoN.

The KHU league kicks off any time from now. No proper program has been put in place to ensure that the team has adequate training before they embark on the long journey of challenging for the titles.

According to Kelvin Ongalo who has played for the side for the last six years, they are yet to get a full support from the institution’s administration and players are sometimes forced to use their own money to travel to match venues.

“There has been a lot of laxity from the institution but we still have hope that something will be done. My only prayer is that the administration come to our aid and support the team as we prepare to travel to Tanzania to defend the East Africa title,” said Ongalo, a sixth year engineering student at the UoN main campus.

The picture is not different from the University women’s hockey team which is currently taking part in the recently introduced Kenya Universities Sports Association, KUSA hockey league. Luiza Otuoma, the women’s captain has lined up a number of programs for the team which will eventually see them participate in the KHU league, but lack of sufficient fund is the major hindrance.

“I would like to create an atmosphere and instill a culture of passionate participation which will eventually create a sustainable quorum for our trainings and then link players with some clubs in the league,” said Otuoma who also plays for Viking in the KHU women’s league.

So far, three players from the side, Caroline Wanjiru, Tewi Owino, Naomy Ngei and Doreen Onyango plays for Vikings while Juliet Atieno turns for Sliders and three more are expected to sign for the Blue Eaglets next season according to Otuoma.

Currently UoN women’s team lie in fourth position out six in the KUSA league standing but the captain is optimistic they will move up the table when they meet Multimedia University on March 17, 2012, a match she says is a must win for them.

When KHU made the final about-turn on the decision to have a one leg league format, the Union explained it’s expensive to run a two leg league adding that various clubs in the country do not have sufficient funds to enable them honour their away fixtures and even before the league kicks off, the bad side of poor preparedness by Kenyan clubs for various championships is being reflected from the unlikely quarters.

 

Elvince Joshua

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