OPINION: Playing on under-developed surfaces is a big challenge

By Peter Okova Covid-19 though a pandemic with ramifications that include death has provided a window of opportunity for us to reflect on many issues at hand.One major issue that calls for our urgent attention is the development of state of the art facilities in schools that have an opportunity to host Nationals. Sponsors like Brookside used to construct basketball courts brand them Hockey goals and the fields of play. Today branding is what remains, take note most of this grounds are uneven with tufts of grass strewn here and there. Anthills form part of the playing surface and the mode of marking are furrows created using a jembe..Those of who were in Embu in 2018 can attest to the fact

The Companion

Maybe the sport was the only thing that was working in their life. Maybe the days they showed up for matches and training were the only days they got to interact. How about their coach? Maybe that was the only person who believed in them. They were the only person who saw potential in them. The only people who appreciated their performance. The only people who embraced the change that had come forth. Have you thought of this? Maybe the team was the only family that accepted them. The only social system that never gave them anxiety or the pressure to fit in. That is why it was easy for them to fit in. To be able to express their feelings. To be able to trust themselves.

It’s International Women’s Day!!!

Game week II is here and, with it, The International Women's Day! Seemingly honoring the day, all fixtures on Sunday are for the ladies' teams. This is both in the Super and Premier Leagues. Major fixtures are slotted for the afternoon of Sunday, 8th March. Newbies in the Ladies' Premier League, the DFG Wolverines, confront Strathmore Scorpions at 3 PM. Later, Blazers face off against USIU Spartans at 5 PM. Prior to these matches are Super League encounters. They are all university derbies between Kenyatta University and JKUAT, TUK vs UON, and Daystar against Multimedia University. In the Saturday fixtures, KCA University hosts Nakuru, while MMU also confronts Wazalendo Masters. As the main match of the day, the university derby

Fare Thee Well, Joyce

It is with heavy hearts that we grieve the demise of Joyce Mumbe, who passed on the 4th of January, 11:50 pm at the Metropolitan Hospital Buruburu. This was after a bout of severe Cerebral Malaria. A young, jovial, kind, and caring soul, she was a sister and a friend to many...gone too soon. From the year 2014, Joyce was a Jomo Kenyatta University Student where she pursued a degree in Actuarial science and graduated in 2018. Alongside her studies, she showed her prowess in sports where she took to heart the art of sports through Hockey and Karate. She was part of the JKUAT Wildcats Hockey Ladies and JKUAT Karate team, The Morwins. With the spirit of a

It’s a Floody Shame!

A weekend expected to be full of color, goals, and prizes was marred by the nightmare of rains and the forever shame of a flooded pitch. The KHU 2019 hockey league is at its climax, but the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Rains have hit the country and affected activities in all places including Nairobi, the center for the only national hockey stadium. The expected reaction would be that arrangements to facilitate the efficient completion of the league would be in place. Union Response In its typical fashion, the union has remained unresponsive to the implications of the weather. All matches remain as scheduled in the fixtures, as have all other activities that take place in the

Kenyan Hockey multi-Olympian ‘Sindhi’ passes away

Former Kenyan International and multi -Olympian Surjeet Singh Panesar also known as 'Sindhi' passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, in Nairobi. Surjeet Singh Panesar (Jr) affectionately known as Sindhi was born in Nairobi, Kenya. His parents had immigrated to Kenya from India in 1919. He studied at Duke of Gloucester School in Nairobi and went to India for further studies in 1954. He studied at Maharaja Patiala Public School and Patiala University. He played hockey for his School and University teams and during School holidays he played for Mohindra College. Harbail Singh, the Indian National Team Coach, who coached the College team took him under his wings and had a big influence in his hockey. He also played football during this

Parklands call for sponsorship opportunities ahead of the 2019 season

Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League side Parklands Sports Club are calling for sponsorship opportunities ahead of their 2019 season campaign. The team that was promoted to the men's Premier League in 2014 alongside Kenyatta University is self-sponsored after Parklands Sports Club who were the sole sponsors pulled out.  Parklands Sports Club managed a top six finish in the 12-team 2018 men's Premier League.  According to a club statement signed by the team's captain Kelly Adolwa, the Parklands-based side is in urgent need of a sponsor who will help the team carter for their financial needs in the coming season "We are desirous of sports sponsorship of mutual benefit from individuals or corporates. This is to enable the team to meet its financial

The Road that Never Began

The Kenyan team to the Youth Olympic Qualifiers in Algeria came to the end of their quest following a 4-1 loss to Zambia. This was after their qualification into the semis through a 3-1 win over Namibia in the quarters. The side had reported a relatively poor performance at the group stages, whereby they collected no points from their two encounters against Zambia and Nigeria. This was despite and otherwise impressive show of skill and technique among the boys. The team now has the opportunity to take the third position as they face off against Nigeria in their final match of the ten-day tournament. State of the Nation The return of the boys' team back home allows us to contemplate the state

Weekend Action Shifts to Nakuru

Hockey Weekend action shifts to Nakuru. Nakuru Hockey Club will play host to the third edition of the Nakuru Open Hockey tournament at the Greensteds International School on 7th and 8th July 2018. The Annual fete has attracted a massive participation this year compared to the previous years.  Speaking to Magongo Kenya, Jacob Ngunjiri, the convener is confident that this year’s tournament is going to be highly competitive owing to the pedigree of teams that have confirmed participation.” The last edition was quite challenging having been an election year. Very few teams made. This year’s edition is going to be a big one looking at the confirmations we have so far." Kenya Police, Telkom to Defend Titles Premier League defending Champions Kenya

Kenya Hockey: A blood brother affair?

Stop!Take a minute. Now, think about all the hockey brothers you know. Not the "heart" brothers, but the blood brothers that make up so much of the hockey fraternity. Did you know they can fill not one, but three entire teams? Such is the bond of blood, circulating in the phenomenal brothers that form part of some of the best teams in the Kenya Hockey Union’s leagues. From the super keeper duo of Farhad and Ali Shire to the sensational Frank and Davis Wanangwe in the forward lines of our premier league, the brothers epitomize hockey love as borne at home and only built on the field. Brotherly Passes and sibling rivalry Some of these brothers have had the good luck of playing alongside

Resilient Telkom Downs Sliders as Sharks Take Top Spot

Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Women’s Premier League Champions Telkom recovered from an early scare to maintain their good run in the season, rallying from two goals down to beat Sliders 5-2 in a league match played on Sunday May 6, 2018 at the City Park Stadium. Telkom, who have not lost a local fixture in over seven years, started the match in the most sluggish fashion and were punished in the fourth minute when Nancy Kibogong converted a short corner to take her side leading. Four minutes later, Sliders doubled up the scores through Captain Anita Agunda’s successful penalty stroke, a goal that elicited wild cheers from the fans. With two goals in the bag, Sliders went slow on attacks and instead

KU Relegation: When Did The Vultures Start Starving?

For long, vultures have been known for their ability to survive on extreme conditions, feeding on meals that contain bacteria that would kill most large animals including humans. They have an excellent sense of sight and smell to help them locate food-and also have the ability to fly at great altitudes where oxygen is in short supply. It is these attributes that make the scavengers resurgent to deadly diseases that emanate from harsh conditions. The situation is however contradictory to the `vultures’ in Kenyatta University (KU), whose frantic efforts to survive top flight hockey league came to an abrupt end on Sunday 4th January following a 1-0 loss to fellow strugglers KCA University in a Thika Road Derby played at the