Kenyan hockey needs more exposure for upswing, says KHU SG ongeri
The Kenya Hockey Union Secretary General Wycliffe Ongori has called for more international matches to improve the quality of the hockey national teams.
Kenyan teams put up solid efforts at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations (ACN) in Accra, Ghana despite having not played competitive hockey for nearly two years.
The women’s team Tausi achieved a bronze finish with their male counterparts Chui finishing fourth at the week-long continental championships.
According to Ongori, KHU has identified areas to improve in order to set up their squads for better showing in coming editions.
“We are going to hunt for new talents and improve on the areas where we saw weaknesses. Now we know what to work on towards the competition and part of that mission is to source for talents from the grassroots level.
“I would like to congratulate our teams for the splendid performances despite the challenges we experienced. Despite the walk over for arriving late, our women still managed to reach the semis and eventually won a medal,” Ongori said.
Hockey leagues in the country were suspended during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and have not resumed since, with only two tournaments played late last year in Mombasa.