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

It’s a Tumble for the Predators

Today marked the end of a rather sensational run for the Kenyatta University Vultures, as their encounter with fellow contestants in the relegation battle ended in a resounding crash for the university side. It has been a tense two months as the teams lined up for relegation became evident in early December. The surprise wins by Western Jaguars against top placed Kenya Police, Strathmore, and Sikh Union Nairobi placed the Kakamega-based side in the clear. It was evident that the Technical University of Kenya team would not survive the ax, with its minimal scores having been drawn from desperate draws. Ultimately, the real battle was among KCA, Chase Sailors, and the Vultures. The weekend fixtures offered both KCA-U and Kenyatta University the

GRA Upset Telkom To Lift First Ever Continental Title

Telkom’s nine-year dominance in the hockey Africa Cup for Club Championships (ACCC) came to an abrupt end on Saturday 27th January after losing 0-1 to Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in the finals played at the  Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium in Accra, Ghana. The loss is Telkom’s first in almost 10 years and has denied them a record tenth continental trophy. On their part, GRA’s win on home soil is a perfect revenge on Telkom who also trounced them in their backyardlast year. The match was closely contested from the first minute as both sides displayed high quality hockey in a bid to shut down the opponents. After 58 minutes of intense battles, Roberta Sarfoa Owusu easily tapped home the only goal of the

The Umpire- Elephant in the Room?

Let us take a break from the shocker matches this weekend. If you are yet to receive the news, the Nairobi Sikh Union lost three goals to nil to nearly bottom-placed Western Jaguars. This result followed another amazing display last weekend, whereby the Jaguars beat the Kenya Police 1-0, breaking the latter's 21 game unbeaten streak. Another shock today as Western Jaguars for the first time in history went back home with a whole six points from two matches at City Park stadium as the pounced past defending champions Strathmore University in a two-goal match. It would seem the Jaguars were not experiencing a stroke of good luck, and if so, then this must be the Christmas spirit. As most

Tribute to Our Fallen… Rest in Peace Martha

Today this brave world gets a little darker, as we lose one more child of our hockey republic. This morning, the 28th of October 2017, the news of the passing of Martha Sasha Masinde after a prolonged illness rocked the hockey nation. For a moment, we all forgot about our teams in Ismailia as our hearts shook in grief. We all know the inevitability of death, but would rather not know it, or face it, or hear it as it knocks on the doors of our neighbors. Regardless, hear it we must... and still we weep for what we lose. Friends give us joy, family gives us life and purpose. Martha Sasha was both to all of us in the hockey fraternity.

The State of the Nation…the Hockey Nation

As we hit day three of the 2017 Africa Hockey Cup in Ismailia, all teams have the chance to recuperate and most likely review their performance in the first two days of the tourney. It has been a roller coaster for the Kenyan teams, whose registered a double loss each for the first two days. Sole goals from Mutira and Guchu are the only consolation for the teams, thus far. The women's side lost 5-0 to a well-paced South Africa in their first match, with another 2-1 loss to follow on day two to Ghana despite an early score in their favor. The men's side has not been spared either, as they fell 3-0 to Ghana on the first day and

Blue is the new Orange

  The Kenya Hockey League took a break this past weekend, as all teams trooped to Nakuru for the annual Betty Tiony Tournament. Well, at least this was the expectation. The turnout was uncharacteristically low, with the ladies teams only fielding four teams- two of which were fielded by Telkom (formerly Telkom-Orange). The results of the tournament were terribly predictable as Kenya Police took first place in the men's category and Telkom took first and second place among the ladies. Telkom's Ofula was also the top scorer. It would also seem that the ladies also took this tournament as an opportunity to unveil their new team colors, donning on the blue and yellow that is now part of the brand transition. Speaking