So, the Kenya Hockey Union released the final 18-team list for the Commonwealth Games, a very complete squad that I believe will compete well in the games slated for 28th July to 8th August.
Fast forward, the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) President named the team instead of the coach doing that as it should be, funny right?
When the team was being named, they didn’t give us the full travelling delegation, so I wondered what happened this time and we always get this information.
We have received intelligence from a reliable source that NOCK- Olympics Kenya has allocated five slots to the national team for the technical staff.
They have also informed me that a key member of the team’s coaching staff was dropped and, funnily enough, President Nashon Randiek and the second Vice President, Elyna Shiveka, will travel with the team.
What will they be doing in Birmingham at the expense of a key member of the team?
The said member of the coaching staff has been with the team since appointment in 2019 before the East Africa Hockey 5s that ran from 16th-17th February 2019 and has since then built the team to be competitive as we recently witnessed in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations early this year where Kenya came third behind South Africa and Ghana to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.
Note that one of their matches wasn’t played and had they played Ghana in the pools, we could have easily walked into the finals.
The whole KHU system lacks transparency, and that’s something all stakeholders of the game should stand up to and condemn.
We can’t be doing things that will affect our team’s performance and expect to compete against top teams.
This mess should be sorted!
The entitlement by some of the KHU Officials is killing the sport!
Let’s not act like everything is normal.
They are continuing to kill our beloved sport and we will keep saying this with no fear of contradiction.
To all hockey lovers in Kenya, stand up for the betterment of the game and for future generations.