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Weatherhead Hockey Club take trophy hunt to Eldoret

Friday February 8 2019

Weatherhead’s Timothy Ntumba (C) has

Weatherhead’s Timothy Ntumba (C) has consistently put in a defensive shift while also scoring a number of goals for his side. File photo 

By Makhtum Muziransa

KAMPALA. Weatherhead coach Vincent Kasasa, believes his side has what it takes to upset Kenyan opposition at this weekend’s Uasin Gishu Hockey Open at the University of Eldoret, Kenya.
Kasasa leads a team of 20 men on the club’s return to Kenya after a relatively successful trip to Maseno and Kamusinga in 2016.
“We are up for any challenge,” Kasasa said of his troops that finished second in the National Hockey League (NHL) last season.
Unfortunately, the club will not participate in the ladies’ category even though eight female players travel with the side this afternoon.
“We have been told to expect a tight tournament and we believe the men are currently in a stronger position to return home with positive results than the ladies,” Kasasa added.
The Ugandan sides – including Kampala Hockey Club (KHC) whose men Stallions and ladies Swans go to Musingu and Maseno respectively – will be buoyed by the fact that a select national side from Lugogo beat Kenyan opposition in the Magharibi Festival held at Bungoma High School – Kenya in December last year.
From Weatherhead, Timothy Ntumba, Alfred Agaba and Ashraf Tumwesigye formed the bedrock of the main side – that was also coached by Kasasa. KHC in their part had Richard Ssemwogerere, as captain, Benjamin Mkapa and Jordan Mpiima in the side.
KHC on their part have embarked on a trip to give back to Musingu High School, which is responsible for nurturing up to four players that have represented the side.
Coach Bernard Bwire Bwire and his Kenyan trio playing trio of defender Cliff Othieno Owino plus strikers Bramwell Lijoodi and Samuel ‘Webo’ Wakhisi enjoy the same roots.
“I am excited to return home. I believe it will be a good experience getting my teammates to run out on a pitch that nurtured me but I also want to see how much progress the school has made in sports,” Owino said.