Hall Of Fame

Edwin Were

Fondly referred to as Mwalimu, he was the brains behind the formation of Wazalendo Hockey club and under his leadership, as Chairman and Patron, he shaped the club into what it is today.

Edwin was one of the first Africans to play hockey during a time when the game was seen as a reserve of the Asian community in Kenya. He has vast experience and insight on the many issues that affect the sport and continues to offer his advice whenever possible. Among the clubs he played for include Kenya Police, Wananchi, Kenya Breweries and Wazalendo.

Edwin was part of the Kenyan Hockey contingent to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Canada (though Kenya ended up not playing due to apartheid related reasons). Edwin participated in various other international hockey tournaments including the 1977 Pre-World cup hockey tournament in Rome Italy, where Kenya qualified for the 1978 World Cup, the 1975 Mini Olympics in Montreal Canada from where Kenya qualified for the 1976 Olympics, the 1975 All Africa Games in Cairo Egypt, where Kenya took silver behind perennial rivals Egypt. He also featured for Kenya in many other tournaments in Malaysia and India such as the Indira Gandhi cup, Gold cup etc

Mwalimu Edwin retreated to his rural home in Migori County in 2008 after retiring from his profession as a primary school teacher having taught last at Aga Khan Primary School, Nairobi. He now occupies himself with sugarcane farming as he seeks to establish hockey in Migori County while still keeping tabs with what happens at Wazalendo Hockey Club.

 

Eric Otieno (Deceased)

Fondly referred to as Father in the Wazalendo Family, Eric was truly a father figure to those who met him.

Born on 20th January 1956, the late Eric was a warm and friendly person. He played for Kenya Breweries and later joined Wazalendo and contributed to its formation.

He represented Kenya at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics in 1984 where Kenya finished 9 overall. He was among the few natives who had broken into the higher ranks of the game alongside the Kenyan hockey greats such as Julius Akumu, Chris Otambo, Lucas Alubaha among others.

Sadly Eric passed on in early 1995 but his vision for Wazalendo lives on with the club now being as vibrant as ever.