- The African Hockey Federation (AHF) decision to reschedule the 2021 Africa Cup Of Nation North-East Region qualifiers scheduled for May 11 to 17 has sounded well to the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU).
The Men and Women North-East Region event that was initially scheduled for May 11 to 17 but was put on hold by AHF because of Covid-19. The qualifiers are now indefinitely set for the last quarter of this year or early next year in Nairobi.
KHU chairman Nashon Randiek confirmed that Kenya had been given rights for hosting the event early this year and they had begun putting all the logistics in place and that hasn’t changed, although there are no official dates set.
Randiek observed, “The provisional squads are in place. The coaches are keeping tabs on the players as they carry out their training sessions through various social media forums. However, as to whether the players are disciplined to conduct and take the sessions seriously we really can’t tell but I guess when everything returns to normal, their fitness level will be put to test.”
AHF issued a statement rescheduling some of the international events on Saturday as the coronavirus pandemic continued to bite. The Indoor Africa Cup that was scheduled for June 12 to 14, 2020 in Durban South Africa has also been rescheduled to September.
“We shall keep monitoring closely all the developments taking place regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. We will update you periodically with further developments and decisions once they unfold,” AHF stated.
Other Hockey events that were altered are the North-West Region event that was set for June 14 to 21 in Ghana and the Central – South Region whose qualifiers were originally scheduled for August 21 to 30 in Zimbabwe.
At the same time, the Africa Cup for Clubs Championship set for November 30 to December 5 in Malawi remains unchanged.
The top two slots in each category from the three regions will join the top two ranked countries on the continent to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Africa Cup of Nations event that was slated for August next year has also been shifted to October.