Khalsa inch closer to defending silverware, Nyerere hockey competition

14Oct 2019
James Lanka
The Guardian
Khalsa inch closer to defending silverware, Nyerere hockey competition

KILIMANJARO's Moshi Khalsa have boosted their quest for successful title defense in this year’s Nyerere Memorial hockey tournament as they sailed through to the semi-finals at the at the Sikh Union Complex ground in Moshi.

Dar es Salaam hockey players lock horns in one of games, which aimed at celebrating the Olympic Day, played at Magereza Ukonga venue in the city recently.

Moshi Khalsa have been placed in pool A of this year’s competition with Tanga Stars and Arusha’s Black Tigers.

The defending champions had an impressive start to their title retention bid, recording victory over Arusha’s Black Tigers in the opening game, which took place on Friday.

Moshi Khalsa later on made certain of their qualification for the semi-finals, thrashing Tanga Stars 4-0 at the venue on Saturday.

Sports Secretary of Sikh Union Club of Moshi, Kanwalpal Singh Kalsi, pointed out that Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF) team of Dar es Salaam and Moshi School team have also made it to the last four.

Kalsi added the organizers are waiting for a match which will help them get the tournament’s best losers that will also make it to the semi-finals.

“Moshi Khalsa’s 4-0 victory over Tanga Stars helped the former book a place in the semi- finals,” he noted.

Kalsi said that 10 teams are taking part in this season’s Nyerere Memorial tournament.

In 2018, Moshi Khalsa clinched the tournament’s trophy by trouncing TPDF 3-1 in an exciting final.

The two squads are highly expected to clash in this season’s tournament’s final.

The Nyerere Memorial tournament was staged from Friday last week and will come to a close at Sikh Union Club of Moshi today.

Moshi’s Sikh Union Club has organized the ninth edition of the competition in conjunction with Tanzania Hockey Association (THA).

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

It as well aims at raising the raising the standard of the sport in the country.

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