Stage set for Nyerere hockey tourney

29Sep 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Stage set for Nyerere hockey tourney

TANZANIA’s hockey outfits will have opportunity to put their skills on show in this year’s Nyerere tournament slated to take place in Moshi from October 14 to 16.

Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Nape Nnauye (C) poses for picture with International Hockey Federation (FIH) president, Leandro Negree (2ndL), Africa Hockey Federation (AfHF) president Seif Ahmed (2nd R), Tanzania Hockey Association (THA) chairman, Abraham Sykes (L) and THA secretary general, Kaushik Doshi (R) when the officials visited the minister in Dar es Salaaam recently.

The tournament, which is in the Tanzania Hockey Association (THA) annual calendar, is organised by Sikh Club Moshi and sponsored by Sikh Community.

THA secretary general, Kaushik Doshi, disclosed teams that have made themselves available for the tournament include Arusha United and Moshi-based outfits of Kili Vijana, Moshi Khalsa B and Moshi Khalsa A, who are the tournament’s defending champions.

Dar es Salaam hockey big guns, Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF), Magereza, Dar Khalsa and Dar es Salaam Institute (D.I) are also among the participants.

The list also has Tanga’s El Hilal and an outfit from Zanzibar. Doshi said the rest of the domestic hockey outfits still have time to confirm participation, as the closing date for confirmation is tomorrow.

The THA official said all matches will be played at the Sikh Club’s venue in Moshi, noting that preparations for the tournament are said to be in progress.

All teams, Doshi noted, are said to be undergoing vigorous training with a view to clinching the trophy.

“THA appreciates the efforts of the Sikh community of Moshi and Sikh Club for sponsoring and organising the tournament regularly,” Doshi said.

The previous edition of the tournament, held in 2014, ended with Moshi Khalsa A’ making the most of the home ground advantage with a win over the other tournament favourites, Tanzania Prisons, in an exciting final.

Moshi Khalsa A cruised to a 4-2 win over Prisons in post match penalties to lay hands on the top honour. The two teams were level 1 -1 after the regular time and thereafter went into penalty flicks.

The game was closely contested and kept the spectators on their toes throughout. Moshi Khalsa A had an upper hand thanks to the support of the home crowd.

TPDF is among the teams that stand to attract plenty of attention in this year’s Nyerere tournament following the success in this year’s Dar es Salaam Regional Hockey League, which came to a close this month.

The team finished runners-up in the men’s category of the league after losing to Dar Khalsa in a nail-biting final played at the Jakaya Kikwete Youths Park.