May 18th, 2013 | Uncategorized
The Kenya Hockey Union 2013 season kicks off on Saturday 11th May 2013 at 2pm local time. Once again, the leagues will have no official sponsors, something that continues to concern the hockey fraternity as it stifles development of the sport in the country. Besides, the rumors of the possible live coverage of the matches by Africa’s pay TV sports channel Supersport have now faded away completely. Despite all these, the league is expected to draw much attention from the world and specifically the African continent as Kenya will be hosting the Men’s and Women’s senior Africa cup of Nations from September 26th to 6th October 2013 at the City Park stadium. This tournament will double up as a world cup qualifier event for the Senior World cup to be played in June 2014 in the Netherlands.
Wazalendo Hockey club is slated to open the 2013 season on Sunday 12th May with both teams taking to the field 2hrs apart from each other. First on the field at 1pm will be the youthful side which has undergone tremendous changes in the pre-season period to bolster their chances in the new season. The youth squad has many new faces who have since jelled to a formidable side. The hunger for a record will be expected to drive the team as it makes its second season in the field having finished in an impressive 9th position in the previous season. The youth team will be meeting their perennial rivals Technical University of Kenya (TUK – Formerly Kenya Polytechnic) who are expected to offer some formidable resistance worth considering. The teams’ last encounter in the National League was on 23rd June 2012 under flood lights where they drew 1:1 with TUK’s former talisman Elninho Mwanzi scoring the lone goal for Wazalendo Youth. Wazalendo youth will be out to watch the marauding TUK Captain Mumo in order to tame their opponents.
Second to take the stage at 5pm will be the senior team. The side too has undergone tremendous player transformation with experienced defender Bernard Kubasu making it back to the squad. After spending his last season on loan in the junior team, Ben is expected to bring stability to the senior team. New entrants Davis and Collins both earning promotion from the youth team off their impressive performance last season are expected to provide the impetus to the senior team. The senior team will be playing Karate Axiom aka Bungoma Boys Band (BBB or PPP from the local dialect in Pungoma). The Gusharan Lall boys are expected to offer very stiff opposition drawing from their Olympian tacticians experience and the psychic energy in the boys from Bungoma. These teams last met on 1st April 2012 at 4pm local time where Wazalendo had the upper had drawing a slim 1:0 win over Karate.
Meanwhile the club welcomes back Evans Bwogando to the technical bench as team manager. Evans has been away on sabbatical to take care of his business empire during which time caretaker manager Luke Mbom took care of the team last season. The coming back of Evans is expected to bring back the fire the team had in the seasons past.
Evans Bwogando (right) watching a game at Citi Park in a past fixture.
Also back to the helm is temporary captain Fidhelis Kimanzi who will be holding up for Steve Kubasu who is out on official duty.
The absence of Joseph Kurama who is nursing an injury on his left eyebrow sustained during training will be felt as his enterprising runs will be missed, but we all wish him a quick recovery.
Let the walk begin: kusema na kutenda ndio mambo ya kisasa
©Waza media 2013
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