It was a weekend of mixed emotions at Lugogo Hockey Grounds as Rockets beat Weatherhead 3-1 while Simba, yet to score points this season, were annihilated 6-1 by Kampala Hockey Club (KHC) in the National Hockey League.
Rockets now lead table standings with 16 points, one ahead of Wanainchi who have a game in hand. Most importantly though, this win consolidated their position among the top two teams in the league this season as they lead third placed KHC with a whole eight points.
KHC are left with just two games to end the season.
“It started as a tough game because we were missing key players while some were demotivated after their school (Kololo SS) pulled out of the Federation of East African Secondary Schools Association games over lack of funds but we dug deep in the second half and got the much needed points,” Rockets forward Michael Nashimolo said in a post-match interview.
Nashimolo scored a brace while Jerome Owori scored the third. Vincent Kasasa scored Weatherhead’s consolation.
Meanwhile, Daily Monitor has learnt of plans by the Uganda Hockey Association (UHA) to introduce play offs to the league after the regular round-robin games.
Though, the top two teams on the league table usually qualify for the Africa Cup of Club Championships, it remains to be seen whether this new development (playoffs), if agreed upon by the UHA league committee, will cause any changes to the usual ACCC qualification arrangement.
According to a source that preferred anonymity because he is anot authorised to speak for the league committee, there is a growing fear that the playoffs could be widely opposed by member clubs as they were not communicated at the start of the season.
This year’s edition of the continental championships will be held in Abuja, Nigeria in November.