Moshi Khalsa set to play Black Tigers in Nyerere hockey tourney opener

10Oct 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Moshi Khalsa set to play Black Tigers in Nyerere hockey tourney opener

THIS season's Nyerere hockey tournament's defending champions, Moshi Khalsa, are set to come up against Arusha's Black Tigers in the first duel at Sikh Union Complex in Moshi, Kilimanjaro tomorrow.

Dar es Salaam hockey players participate in a match at the Magereza Ukonga venue in the city recently. The match was one of activities that geared towards commemorating the Olympic Day.

Sikh Union Club, in cooperation with Tanzania Hockey Association (THA), has organized the tournament, which is held annually, in an effort to raise the standard of the sport in the country.

The tournament is also part of activities gearing towards commemorating Tanzania's first President and Father of the Nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere.

Moshi Khalsa have been put in pool A with Black Tigers and Tanga Stars. Kili Vijana and army sides, Nyuki from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam's Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF), are in pool B.Arusha Twigas, Moshi School squad and Annadil Burhani make the competition's pool C.

The day's second game, as noted by THA secretary general Kaushik Doshi, will pit Kilimanjaro's other side, Kili Vijana, against Zanzibar's Nyuki.

Four games have been slated for the following day, with the first bringing together Kili Vijana and Dar es Salaam's Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF) team.

The second clash will pit Kilimanjaro's Moshi School team against Arusha Twigas. 

Moshi School outfit will later on take the pitch to play Tanga's Annadil Burhani, followed by a match between Moshi Khalsa against Tanga Stars.

Doshi pointed out three games have been slated for Sunday. The day's first game will see Tanga Stars come up against Black Tigers, followed by the game between Arusha Twigas and Annadil Burhani.In the day's last clash TPDF side will lock horns with Nyuki. 

Participating sides with three points and above, Doshi noted, are required to report for penalty strokes competition to seek qualification for the best losers' spot at 2pm.

The last four will then be played later the same day. In the first of the knockout matches, slated for 3pm, pool B winners will confront the best losers.

In the other knockout match pool A’s winners will lock horns with pool C winners.The competition will climax on Monday, whereby semi-final winners will clash in the final at 9am.Moshi Khalsa clinched the previous season's tournament trophy, cruising to a 3-1 drubbing of TPDF side in a pulsating final.

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