Delayed Kenya team set to fly out early Saturday morning

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 13, 2021
  • Audrey Omaido is one of the players n the women's hockey team which is due to leave for Uruguay on Saturday morning. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

The national women's hockey team is due to depart for Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday at 5 a.m. to compete in the World Hockey league.

Their departure has been delayed more than twice. To make up for the lost time, the players had a light training session at the City Park Stadium on Friday morning.

The team was initially expected to fly out on Wednesday morning but did not and the departure was pushed forward to Thursday afternoon. This also failed because they could not  get a connecting flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Montevideo Uruguay in their first attempt after getting a flight from Nairobi to the Brazilian town, connecting to France.

They are now set to fly via Ethiopian airlines, travelling from Nairobi to Addis Ababa, then Argentina before finally connecting to Montevideo. They will arrive in Montivideo on Sunday, a few hours before their opening Group A match against Trinidad and Tobago.

Coach Jos Openda however believes the girls are in high spirits and will not be deterred by the changing of flight plans. “It was just a small mix-up with our travel agent but we are now set to travel. We have a light session at City Park and the team is still in high spirits to perform well. We are not discouraged whatsoever and I believe we will go there and perform,” Openda said.

Betsy Omalla, the team captain voiced the same sentiments saying; “We are happy that we are finally travelling and the girls have not been discouraged by anything. We are very confident that we are going there to perform and everything will go on well. We hope to come back with good news,” she said.

After their match against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, Kenya will face France on Monday before their  final group match against Azerbaijan on Tuesday. Wednesday is a rest day and the second round begins on Thursday.

The top four teams in the tournament earn a ticket to the third series of the World Hockey League from where the two top teams automatically earn a ticket to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next year.