Kenya, Uganda Renew Hostilities in Hockey Friendlies

National women’s hockey team coach Jacqueline Mwangi is confident her charges ‘will do the job’ against Uganda during their friendly matches that start on Thursday at the Sikh Union, Nairobi.

Mwangi revealed that she had drafted some of the under-21 players in the senior team for continuity.

“It’s a good team and I’m optimistic of good results. We have the U-21 Africa Cup of Nations coming up in August and this event will give the players a feel of what to expect at that stage,”said the former national team player.

“I played against Uganda and now I will be on the touchline, but one thing I know is that it will be a good match.They will give us the competition we really need,” the evergreen Blazers (formerly Telkom) added.

The test matches, which also include the men’s teams are set for March 18-21, are consolation matches after North East Africa qualifiers that was scheduled for March 1-7 in Nairobi were cancelled.

The two were the only nations that had confirmed participation in the qualifiers, thus prompting Africa Hockey Federation (AfHF) to cancel the event and give the duo direct tickets to the Cup of Nations next year.

Egypt, Burundi, Libya, Seychelles, Sudan and Tanzania failed to confirm participation.

Speaking Wednesday evening on phone on their way to Nairobi, Uganda national men’s team coach Vincent Kasasa says they will be in Nairobi to get the International Hockey Federation (FIH) rankings.

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