- As many sports remain suspended in the country due to coronavirus pandemic, various hockey stakeholders urge the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) to launch several tournaments before the league officially resumed.
Apart from the popular KHU leagues, other events include Betty Tonui’s annual tournament which is scheduled to be in Nakuru this year July and Shaban Yusuf Memorial which is to take place this year in October in Mombasa.
Fidelis Kimanzi who is the Wazalendo head coach said that the players deserve weekly matches to maintain their fitness in the pitch despite the presence of the pandemic disease.
Kimanzi also added that the weekly tournaments will help the hockey players remain competitive in the field.
“Tournaments are limited. We need more matches especially midweek to give the players the much-needed fitness. It is hard to play one game in a month and expect to perform at the top. Thumbs Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA), who have ensured their students get the much-needed exposure through regular matches.”
The tutor of the women’s side, Thomas Mucheni said that the weekly events will help the players develop a consistent performance in the pitch.
“For example, Sailors played last on March 1 and were expected to play again after four weeks before the coronavirus pandemic messed up everything. Sometimes, teams play after six weeks which is not so good because the mental stability of the players gets affected. When I started playing club hockey in 2005, we had so many competitions which no longer exists. KHU should look into this matter.”