Lugogo Hockey Grounds were again as silent as a graveyard last weekend as clubs pushed for postponement of national league games due to absence of players and kits.
Most of the players from different clubs had sought umpiring and coaching appointments at the National Secondary Schools Tourney held in Lira last week where Ntare School and St Mary’s Namagunga won the boys and girls’ trophies respectively.
Ntare, who were the revelation and underdog of the tourney, saw off Kololo SS 2-0 and Namagunga beat Kakungulu Memorial 1-0 in the finals on Sunday.
Kampala Hockey Club ladies were most affected by the developments as the club had loaned out their keeper’s kits to one of the schools which they asked not to name out of respect for contracts between the two.
However, KHC didn’t manage to secure a decree to postpone their game against Weatherhead B, from Uganda Hockey Association in time thereby losing the game by forfeiture after their opponents showed up. This is the second time Weatherhead B are earning points without playing as Rocket ladies failed to show up in the last league outing three weeks ago.
KHC captain Bridget Bamulinde, has blamed the lack of proper communication from both the club managers and UHA as the reason her club lost points.
“We lost points due to poor communication, egocentricity and disorganisation of UHA and the club officials,” Bamulinde said.
Adding; “UHA informed us that the league resumes after nationals in Lira then they called me to assemble my team without clear reasons yet the Lira games were still on and my club had loaned the keeper’s kit out.”
Bamulinde also had no kind words for the club officials after they failed to convince UHA to postpone the ladies’ game yet they had managed to get the men’s game rescheduled for a later date.
“I can’t put a girl’s life in danger by letting her play without a keeper’s kit. If they (club officials) couldn’t get us a keeper’s kit, it was incumbent upon them to ensure the match is moved to another date and since they failed I am not putting my team out there” Bamulinde shared.
KHC captain Bridget Bamulinde says poor communication by both the club managers and UHA are to blame for the club’s lost points.