Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) premier league men’s side Wazalendo Hockey Club have kickstarted their ambitious plan to represent the country at the Africa Cup for Club Championship slated for Blantyre in Malawi from 30th November to 5th December 2020.
The team featured last, in the 2007 edition of the competition, and is determined to make a grand return to the coveted continental showpiece. During the official launch of their fundraising platform M-Changa, club Chairman Douglas Ochol exuded confidence that the club would raise the budgeted 7Million required for the team to honour the invitation by the Africa Hockey Federation. “We are looking at taking forty players and officials to the tournament at a cost of about 7Million. This includes the cost of travel, accommodation, kit, and training. When you go for a tournament like this you want to go fully prepared. We want to have friendlies with very competitive teams to prepare us to compete effectively.
Wazalendo Hockey Club is inviting Kenyans from across the world that love this sport to walk the journey with them. The club established in 1995 boasts of one of the most organised structures in Africa that have seen them feature a youth team in the KHU national league, an intermediate side in the second tire super league and the premiership side. “We have players as young as nine years and some who have transitioned from the Academy to represent the country at international level such as Ian Orlando.”
KHU President Rtd. Col. Nashon Randiek reiterated the union’s commitment towards supporting Wazalendo and all other teams seeking to put Kenya hockey on the continental map. “We have supported Wazalendo before and we will continue to support them in this journey.”
Uncertainty, however, still looms on whether the continental showpiece will happen on the scheduled dates. The Africa Hockey Federation has however not issued any communication to the contrary.
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