At such a time last year, the Kenya hockey scene was warming up to an exciting hockey season.
The premier league was gearing up for explosive action. Newly promoted sides Mombasa Sports Club and Parkroad Badgers (men) rearing to challenge for their space at the very top.
The ladies’ sides had played a solitary match save for Kisumu based Lakers and Sliders. Newbies DFG Wolverines pulled a goalless draw against seasoned Strathmore scorpions while Oranje Leonas lost 3-0 to Amira Sailors in their maiden match with goals from Yvonne Madowo, Sandra Vodoti and Leah Omwandho. Then covid-19 happened pronto! And the wait started…
The wait is finally over.
Kenya Hockey Union has announced resumption of the premier league in a phased resumption of hockey activity. The Deputy Match and fixtures secretary, Moses Majiwa has hinted that the resumption of the other leagues will be dependent on behaviour of teams in the premier league. “We have put in place covid management protocols and tested them with the national teams currently training.”
He further stated that fans will not be allowed into the stadium. Players will be required to leave the stadium as soon their match is over.
The union has released the 2021 special season pre-kick off program.
START DATE END DATE PERIOD (WKS) ACTIVITY RESPONSIBLE
Thursday, 18 February 2021 Sunday, 21 February 2021 0 Communication to premier league teams SG & Match & Fixtures Office
Monday, 22 February 2021 Sunday, 7 March 2021 2 Player Transfer & Team registration Match & Fixtures
Saturday, 27 February 2021 Saturday, 27 February 2021 0 Meeting with Club Presidents and TM – to outline requirements for the special season SG & Match & Fixtures Office
Monday, 8 March 2021 Sunday, 14 March 2021 1 Verification of submitted Transfer & registration documents & submission of data to Treasurer for invoicing Match & Fixtures
Monday, 8 March 2021 Sunday, 14 March 2021 1 Confirmation of teams for 2021 Special league Treasurer to Match & Fixtures
Saturday, 13 March 2021 Sunday, 14 March 2021 0 Draft 2021 fixtures for special league Match & Fixtures
Saturday, 20 March 2021 Sunday, 21 March 2021 0 Final 2021 fixtures for special league Match & Fixtures
Saturday, 20 March 2021 Sunday, 21 March 2021 0 Pre-Season Refresher course for Technical Officials (Umpires and Judges) KHU Technical committee
Saturday, 27 March 2021 Sunday, 28 March 2021 0 Teams prepare for commencement of league Teams
Saturday, 3 April 2021 Sunday, 4 April 2021 0 Kick off for 1st Leg of the special 2021 Season Match & Fixtures