National team debutants feted for top award

Kenya National team debutants Kennedy Munialo and Danstone Wabwire are among the nominees for the 5th Magharibi Michezo Awards top award to be held on the 23rd December 2017 in Bungoma County. The award which has previously featured top players in the Kenya hockey fraternity is an award that recognizes sports personalities who have grown, developed and/or nurtured talent in Western Kenya and have been consistent, influential and outstanding in team performance throughout the year and should have also played an inspiring role in the development of sports talent in the region. Male Player of the Year 1. Constant Wakhura ( Butali Warriors) The former Strathmore University defender was one of the outstanding players in Coach Meshack Senge's side as they won 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

Uphill battle for USIU-A students

United States International University (USIU-A), who are placed fourth on the league table, will be facing an uphill battle as they take on league leaders Kenya Police in their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier league match at the City park stadium. The students have lost one match in their last five compared to the league top contenders Kenya Police who are so far unbeaten. According to Kenya Police defender Robert Masibo, he believes the match is important to the team as any other and they will not take any chances."Our target is the league title and no team will keep us away from the prize," said Masibo. On the other hand the Thika-road based students come into the match as underdogs but

KHU to rehabilitate City Park stadium

The Kenya hockey governing body Kenya Hockey Union is set to rehabilitate city Park stadium and replace the only astro-turf in the country. City Park stadium, home to the Kenya Hockey Union, was first laid with an astro-turf in 1987 when Kenya was granted hosting rights for the All Africa games. GreenFields, a company which manufactures artificial playing surfaces, is the named company expected to supply the new playing surfaces. The company, which is based in the Netherlands, is approved and accredited by the world hockey governing body FIH to manufacture and supply the playing surface. Notably GreenFields is the company that installed the surface for the 2014 Hockey World Cup and at Camp Toyoyo in Kenya (an artificial football field

Sharks Swallow Warriors

Green Sharks returned to winning ways after a disappointing 1-2 loss to United States International University (USIU-A) in the mid-week clash played on Wednesday 1st November. Prior to this encounter, Green Sharks had lost a match against minnows Kenyatta University and struggled to salvage a draw against bottom placed Technical University of Kenya (TUK). Green Sharks came from a goal down to beat former champions Butali Warriors 3-1 in their Kenya Hockey Union league men's Premier league match played at the City Park stadium. Frank Wanangwe capitalized on a defensive blunder from 'Sharks' and collected a loose ball outside their offensive area to put ‘Warriors’ in the lead in the fifth minute through a magical back hand finish that caught Green

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

Not business as usual for the Warriors

The first leg of the Kenya Hockey Premier League culminates this coming weekend and, if nothing else, it has been vastly entertaining. Current standings on the Men's Premier table show a fledgling Chase Sailors and more conspicuously, Strathmore Gladiators. Either of these teams making it to the top three even at the end of the second leg would be nothing short of a miracle, and those are hard to come by. In similar lines- hell froze over this past weekend when, in a dramatic event, Butali Warriors were held to a 1-1 draw by underdogs Parklands Sports Club, essentially killing the opportunity for the former to catch up with the Kenya Police. An early hard shot from Parklands' Kidwaro and a

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

Resilient Kenyatta University routed by KCA

The midweek clash played at the City Park Stadium lived up to its billing as a classical university derby. The most notable highlights were the manner in which quickfire goals were scored at both ends.Kenyatta University​ were guilty of a lapse in concentration as they bizarrely conceded twice shortly after scoring as they lost 2-3  to KCA University in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match on Wednesday. Captain Rodgers Simiyu orchestrated KCAU’s first goal in the eighth minute when he squeezed the ball to veteran Gordon Oduor, the towering Oduor used his lengthy strides to drift to the left and released an unstoppable shot past Kenyatta University shot-stopper Dennis Barasa. Kenyatta University equalised three minutes later from a penalty corner

Kenyatta University confident for a fourth league win against KCA

Kenyatta University confident for a fourth league win against KCA In one of the midweek league matches, a Thika-road university derby will be up under floodlights at City Park as two university sides will battle out in the Kenya Hockey Mens’ Premier League. A win for Kenyatta University puts them fourth on the league table, two points ahead of Wazalendo, KCA University on the hand need a win to move a point ahead of champions Strathmore University who are placed eighth in the table. Kenyatta University better known as Vultures will be led upfront by prolific striker Lawrence Makhatsa who has recovered from from an injury he picked up during their match against former champions and third placed Butali Warriors. “It’s

ALL SQUARE. Parkroad and parklands share spoils

Hail Kenya Hockey union for introducing midweek hockey matches. These days players and fans have a Saturday on a Wednesday evening (literally though). Evening hockey! Floodlight hockey! A welcome break from the hectic and monotonous Nairobi life. Today was no exemption as enthusiastic fans found their way to city park to watch Parklands host Parkroad hockey club. The game saw the former rally from behind to snatch an unlikely point at death. Parklands were off the blocks in blistering fashion as they attacked and peppered the parkroad danger zone . The first chance to get the curtain raiser fell to Fred OKeyo who couldn’t pass past Parkroads’ shot stopper Allan Agesa who was alert on his goal line. Play exploded two