Nearly a month after confirming to Daily Monitor that they’ll participate in the National Hockey League, Kampala Simba Hockey Club made their debut, losing 4-1 to Rockets on Sunday at Lugogo hockey grounds.
Simba had a few issues to sort including establishing quorum of players to participate in the league. Uganda Hockey Association demands that a club should be able to field at least seven players per game.
“It was a bit challenging to get players but we have taken on the initiative of giving youths a platform,” Simba’s proprietor Muhammad Ali said.
Indeed Simba turned up with a youthful side comprising mostly students from Kakungulu Memorial School and City High. Only Muhammad Ali, Rooney Otieno and Denis Okende had played in the league before Sunday’s game.
The youthful side put up a good show but surrendered on late in the second half to a well drilled and experienced Rockets side. A 2-1 halftime lead for Rockets stretched into a 4-1 victory as they continued to establish their place in this season’s top two alongside Wanainchi.