Police dominate national men hockey team

Police dominate national men hockey team

Police dominate national men hockey team

2011 KHU premier league champions Kenya Police enjoys a lion share in the national hockey team for the upcoming Africa Nations Cup tournament, which will be staged in Nairobi from September 26 to October 6.

 The team named by head coach Meshack Senge ahead of the  aborted trip to  Ghana test series last month has a big share of players from the cops who are the current league leaders in the 2013 season.

The goal keeping department has long serving Kenya one James Kayieko and former Strathmore and now Greensharks keeper  Linus Sang .Defenders will be led by Police captain  Richard Birir, Brian Saina, Samuel Ounga, Wilson Otieno, Constant Wakhura, Kenneth Nyongesa .

Midfielders  players namely Willis Okeyo, Oliver Echenje, Felix Okoth, Samuel Wokila, Allan Iningu Brian Musasia (Strath) Leon Magomere .

The forward  has mixture of experience and young blood , they include the deadly duo of Nairobi Simba Davis Wanangwe and  George Mutira, PPolice duo of Moses Cheplait and Francis Esikuri and long serving Zack Aura of Kisumu Simba.

The team was scheduled to take part in a Ghanaian tournament, which is organized by the Ghana Hockey Federation to commemorate the first anniversary of Ghana's late president John Atta Mills, a former hockey player himself, who was in forefront to support the sport development in his country and Africa at large.

The national teams planned trip to Accra Ghana was aborted as the government, which had earlier promised to sponsor the trip pulled out.

Lead forward Moses Cheplait of Police  said the team is training well despite not getting the exposure to play in Ghana ahead of the cup of nations.

“Lack of international exposure has been Kenya's main undoing and with no funds, the country will continue to remain in the shadows of South Africa , Ghana and Egypt who have dominated the sport. We have good players who lack experience.” He said.

South Africa have been dominating the men's African Cup of Nations for a long while winning the event six consecutive times since their first  glory in the 1993 edition in Nairobi. Egypt have won it twice while Ghana won it once. The men edition will be marking its 10th edition.

Bulawayo in Zimbabwe hosted the last tournament in 2011 with South Africa edging out Egypt 1-0 to claim the title in men's category. The women's title went to South Africa, who thumped Kenya 5-0.

Africa will use the event to select its teams to the 2014 hockey World Cup, which is slated for The Hague, Netherlands.

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