April 17, 2024

Kenyan hockey legend Kake passes away

Kenyan hockey legend Kake passes away
Parminder Saini "Kake" in past action for Kenya

Kenyan hockey legend Parminder Saini "Kake" has passed away aged 63.

"Kake" who played for Kisumu Simba (now known as Butali Sugar) was part of the Kenyan team that played at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics in Los Angeles and Seoul.

He was also part of the Kenyan team that won the hockey gold medal at the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi, Kenya.

Born on 19 September 1957 in Kisumu, Kake studied at Miwani Primary School, Kisumu, and Kisumu Boys High School.

He played hockey for Kisumu Boys High School up to 1976.

He went to the UK for further studies in 1976 and studied at Langley College, Slough, Berkshire. He joined Slough Hockey Club, one of the top hockey clubs in the country at the time, and played for the club's 1st team until 1979.

He returned to Kenya in 1979 and joined Kisumu Simba Union Club.

He represented Kenya at the six nations tournament in Loisano, Italy where he earned his first international cap when he was selected to play against India on 5 September 1981.

He captained Kenya at the East African Championship in Tanga, Tanzania in 1983.

He played for Africa in the inaugural Inter-Continent Tournament played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 1990.

He played his last international match against Zimbabwe in Nairobi on 13 February 1993.

After retiring from playing, Kake coached Kisumu Simba Union (Butali Hockey Club). He was the Manager of the Kenya team at the All Africa Games in South Africa in 1999.

Kake served as the vice-chairman of Kenya Hockey Union from 2014 to 2015