Kenya Hockey team readying for Test Series in Ghana

Kenya Hockey team readying for Test Series in Ghana

Kenya Hockey team readying for Test Series in Ghana

National team forward George Mutira

2013 Africa cup of Nations host country Kenya are sweating  to participate in a three match test series match to be held in Ghana from the 21st to 28th of July in Accra.

The national team received the invitation from their Ghanaian opponents who are using the tournament in memory of their late president. This comes at a good time especially as Kenya prepares to host the continental tournament.

The International Hockey Federation (IHF) and the African Hockey Federation (AFHF) gave Kenya hosting rights to the most prestigious tournament in the continent early this year.

African teams will use the continental championships to be staged at City Park stadium, Nairobi on September 26-October 6, as qualifiers for the World Cup in the Netherlands in June next year.

The event will see only top teams in the men and women’s categories qualify for the World Cup. Initially, the Africa Cup was awarded to Egypt with Kenya and South Africa as standbys, but with political tension in Egypt, the Egyptian Hockey Federation decided to withdraw their candidature and the IHF and AFHF gave Kenya the permission to hold showpiece.

With the Kenyan team yet to go to residential training camp the team has been training twice a week at the City Park while hoping that the top office (KHU) allows the team take part in the test series which will come in handy as perfect build up before hosting the world cup qualifiers.

“That is the best thing that can happen to the team at the moment. The players needs a lot of international matches for exposure and perfect build up to the cup of nations. At the moment we are waiting to see how the office responds.” Offered men national team coach Meshack Senge.

Senge is currently working with a huge provisional squad of 35 players but is due to cut the team to 25 players in the coming couple of weeks.

“ I will be monitoring the players closely in the coming days before I can make the cut to  more workable number. It will nice if we can have residential from where we can work with the players and give them closer attention.” explained the coach.

Should the Union give the go ahead, both teams will be traveling to the West African nation ahead of the world cup qualifiers

 

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