WAZALENDO HOCKEY CLUB’S INAUGURAL 7-ASIDE INTERNAL TOURNAMENT

Wazalendo Hockey club maintained its reputation of being a progressive club when it held its inaugural 7-aside internal tournament on 24th and 25th August 2013 at their training ground at Highway Secondary School in South B Estate in Nairobi.

The tournament saw a record six (6) teams participating with all the players coming from the club. Each team comprised a mixture of veterans, players from the premier league team, those from the youth team that plays in the KHU national league, those in high school and those in the introductory stages of the Young Players Development program who are majorly from the primary schools around the South B estate.

TEAM

Number of players

Veterans Premier league National league High School YPD TOTAL
Maharadja 1 3 3 1 1 9
Puma 2 4 2 1 1 10
Adidas 0 2 6 1 1 10
TK 0 3 5 1 1 10
Grays 1 4 3 1 1 10
Vampire 1 6 2 1 0 10
TOTAL 5 22 21 6 5 59

 

The tournament was played in a combination of two formats, first, all teams played a round robin and thereafter the teams entered the knock out stage based on their seeding in the round robin stage.

Team Grays won the event through sudden death penalty shootout against Maharadja after the two teams tied 0:0 on regulation time and converting all their initial three shootouts.

A number of players won several medals and the winning team was awarded a trophy in the shape of an eagle. The most notable feature of the tournament is the amount of talent available for hockey in this country that lies untapped as demonstrated by the large number of players turning out in one club such as Wazalendo Hockey Club. To this end, the club intends to hold the tournament on a quarterly basis to fast track the integration of upcoming young players into the main Wazalendo teams to bolster the clubs chances of succeeding at the main stage as well as churning out probable national team hockey players.

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