TOC pushes for hockey promo

22Jun 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
TOC pushes for hockey promo

TANZANIA Olympic Committee (TOC) has requested sports stakeholders to support efforts by the Tanzania Hockey Association (THA) to promote the sport in the country so the body can field teams in future Olympics.

TOC’s hockey coordinator Irene Mwasanga, said THA, in cooperation with Dar es Salaam Regional Hockey Association (DRHA), has lately been doing its best in organising competitions for junior players.

Mwasanga was guest of honour in the opening of this year’s Olympic Day hockey tournament that brought together over 200 youngsters from various primary schools in Dar es Salaam early this week.She also congratulated THA for attracting women to the sport and ensuring the latter take part in competitions on regular basis.

Mwasanga also said TOC has been doing all it can to improve refereeing in hockey competitions in the country.
“We have been doing our best in minimising mistakes committed by referees in hockey competitions. I saw some of the teams protesting decisions by referees today but we need the issues amicably,” she said.

Twelve teams took part in the opening day of the two-day event, which ended with Bomba Mbili Primary School’s team stretching hands on silverware with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Kigamboni in the final.

Participating outfits were put into pools A and B and played six-a-side games in knockout format.
Pool A had Ukonga B, Bomba Mbili A, Kawe, Kigamboni, Juhudi and Amani, whereas pool B consisted of Bomba Mbili B, Ukonga A, Lugalo, Juhudi B, Bomba Mbili C and Amani B.

The event, held at the weekend, also saw senior hockey teams lock horns in a five-a-side tournament the following day, in which Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF) team triumphed.

Fourteen teams participated in the event, playing in knockout format, in which the teams were grouped into pools A and B.

Pool A comprised Dar Institute, Juhudi B, Kigamboni A, Magereza A, TPDF B, Dar es Salaam Stars and Bagamoyo, with pool B having consisted of Juhudi A, Kigamboni B, Makongo, TPDF A, Kibasila, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Twende.

Each of the participating teams consisted of male and female players in a move that aimed at substantiating sports’ ability to bring together people of different sexes and from different cultural backgrounds.