Wednesday March 16 2016

KHC standing on a slippery ground

By Makhtum Muziransa


Kampala Hockey Club (KHC)’s quest for league glory has been faltering spectacularly for six years and after a series of losses to would be competitors in pre-season friendly games, there are even less signs the fortunes will change this year.

The club has been dismissed by rivals in the past as one happy to win Opens, where a host of matches are played for a paltry 10-20 minutes on one weekend, but fail to hold their own in the league when required to go through the rigours of 70-minute games throughout a six-month season.

In the current pre-season cycle, both KHC sides Stallions (men) and Swans (ladies) have failed to find ways of beating Wananchi and Weatherhead, sides that have consistently bettered them in the league over the years.

“It was a forgettable memory,” Stallions striker Habib Sewava said after Weatherhead came from behind to beat them 4-1 on Saturday.
For most of the game, KHC put up an insipid show devoid of wit and gusto. But that has been the trend for years, the club is always one loss away from vilification and snarling from neutrals.

Efforts by coaches, who are constantly relieved of their duties for poor results, to put things right have backfired as players feel they can get away without training sessions because the game doesn’t put food on any one’s table and other clubs are no different.

“We can’t expect results if we are unwilling to improve ourselves,” assistant coach Stanley Tamale snapped after the game.
With only 12 players on show last Saturday, it is clear mobilisation for games has been part of the problem but injuries to Richard Ssemwogerere, Abdul Aziz and Faustine Ojangole are not helping an already thin squad.

Yet not long ago, KHC prided themselves in being pioneers of admirable projects like recruiting talent strictly from schools, but they have lost ground to rivals over the years and resorted to bringing in players from other clubs.

The club administrators are constantly fronted by colleagues as the lot that can take the sport to the next level when the next elective Uganda Hockey Association (UHA) assembly comes around next year.

But when the club are in need of an an inquest and inspiration to spur them, KHC seem to be very much passé, like others yet to clear their debts with the parent association.