Saturday January 11 2014

Ugandan sides fight for continental hockey supremacy

Kampala Hockey Club coach Moses Nsereko (R) takes his player

Kampala Hockey Club coach Moses Nsereko (R) takes his player Bridget Baine through the paces at Logogo grounds on Wednesday evening. Photo by Eddie Chicco 


Kampala- Kampala Hockey Club will be happy to avoid favorites and defending champions El Sharkia in the pool stages of the Africa Cup of Clubs Championships starting today at Lugogo Hockey Grounds.

The Lugogo-based men’s side, due to play Ghanian champions Trustees this evening, have set a target of reaching the semifinals and are beaming with confidence going into the game. “We are very ready going into this game because we have trained hard and rested well,” team captain Sam Mwesigwa said on Thursday.

“We have heard they are champions in Ghana but they are from Ghana and we are from Uganda so we both hardly know anything about each other. It is anyone’s game,” Mwesigwa added. Meanwhile, Uganda’s female representatives Weatherhead, face defending champions Orange Kenya this afternoon. Unlike other Ugandan teams, Weatherhead know a thing or two about their opening game opponents. “We played them in Nairobi in 2009. But as we keep saying, what happened that year is in the past and now as hosts we must represent Uganda well,” said Fatuma Namubiru, Weatherhead’s captain.

Close to 20 clubs are featuring in the tournament, one of the biggest to be hosted in Uganda.