Newly promoted Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s Premier League side Lakers are in search of league supremacy as they feature in the top tier for the first time.
The Kisumu-based side join Kenyatta University Titans in promotion to the top tier after a successful debut in the 2018 KHU women’s Super League. According to Linah Barasa the Lakers’ captain, they are ready for their debut in the Premier League and will also be expecting a good season.
“It’s a new experience and we are well prepared for the season, we are going to do our best and it’s evident because everyone is in high spirits for the new season,” said Barasa. “It has been a long journey but we are finally here and ready to go for the title,” she added.
“It will be a good exposure for the team as they will be facing top teams in the country, they did well in their first season in the league and it will also be a good thing for Kisumu because it has been long since we had a women’s team from around here,” said Felix Ochii an ardent Lakers fan.
Lakers will play their first match at home against Sliders.
Sailors make a return
The Sailors formerly Chase Bank Sailors will be making a return to the men’s Premier League after a successful campaign in the Super League. The former National League champions made their debut in the Premier League in 2016 but were later relegated to the Super League in 2018 where they again earned promotion after finishing top of the League ahead of Multimedia University.
The 2019 KHU Leagues will also have three new teams as Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and Oranje Leonas will be featuring for the first time in the women’s Super league. In the men’s League, Mount Kenya University (MKU) will also be making a return to the men’s National League.
Official promoted and relegated teams
Premier League men: Sailors Hockey Club; Premier League women: Kenyatta University Titans
Super League women: Vikings; Super League men: Park Road Badgers, Nakuru Hockey Club, KCA University; National league men: Kabarak University