Wednesday June 4 2014

Pitch ‘invasion’ worries hockey federation



Uganda Hockey Association (UHA) spokesperson Jackie Namyalo has expressed concern over the increased invasion on the Lugogo hockey astro-turf grounds.
Namyalo was speaking in light of photos that were shared online showing football coaches conducting their Licence C coaching drills on the astro-turf.
“Anyone without permission from UHA to use the pitch is an encroacher but this happens because we have still failed to erect a fence around the pitch,” Namyalo told Daily Monitor.

Namyalo believes that no one on the UHA executive could have given permission to the coaches to use the pitch without informing the executive especially her as she speaks for UHA.

She also believes most invaders are taking advantage of the 5-star 5-aside football tournament, an eight-week long fun tournament, expected to end this Friday, that is run on the astro.

“I think the five-aside tournament has caused some security loophole that the encroachers are taking advantage of. We have always warned that football training can’t be done here as it destroys the pitch,” she added.
Kampala Hockey Club chairman Ronald Kawalya, however, believes that the encroachment on the grounds could be as a result of compromised security guards at the National Council of Sports-ran sports complex in Lugogo.

“There are rumours of music videos that were shot on the pitch and there is no way Fufa could conduct a coaches’ practice here if some individuals are not compromised. It is actually easy to compromise them because they are poorly paid,” Kawalya said.
A wedding was held at the turf in 2012.