The 1st ever Hockey 5’s Festival was
hosted in Mombasa by the Coast Hockey Association (CHA) and
sponsored by Daikyo Japan Motors.
This version of hockey, even though being a
Federation of International Hockey (FIH)
Olympic recognised sport, is rarely played in
Thus, CHA were proud
to host this 1st edition and the eight teams that
participated really enjoyed learning this form of hockey. It was
played on the multi-purpose astro turf pitch at the Um Kulsum
Mosque grounds in Kizingo.
Pool A consisted of
Mvita XI, Malindi Hockey Club, Veterans, and MSC Warthogs. Pool
B hosted Mombasa West, Mvita Wazee, Pwani XI and Mombasa Sports
The league rounds
saw the teams settle down very fast and some high scores were
recoded, such as Msa West 1 – 8 Msa Sports Club or Malindi
Hockey 3 – 9 MSC Warthogs.
Mvita XI and MSC
Warthogs qualified for the semi’s from Pool A, while Mvita Wazee
and MSC Warthogs qualified from Pool B.
In the 1st
Semi Final MSC Warthogs came from behind to beat Mvita Wazee 4 –
3, with goals from Kevin Asaya, Joel Naliaina and a double from
Sydney Rubia to seal their final berth.
Mvita Wazee scored
through a brace from Enox Kalama and a consolation goal from
In the 2nd
semi-final Mvita XI went on to trash newsboy’s Pwani XI 6 – 1,
with two goals from Ali Kale and four from prolific striker
Pwani XI did manage
to get their names on the score sheet through Daniel Sanga.
The final was a
closely fought affair with MSC Warthogs scoring first through
Sydney Rubia in the 2nd min, but Mvita replied
instantly through Austin Otieno and then took the lead in the
4min with Otieno ’s second goal for Mvita to take a 2-1 half
In the 2nd
half MSC danger man Rubia scored to equalize the game in the 9th
min, only for Otieno and Ali Kale to again put Mvita ahead with
two quick goals.
Rubia did manage to
pull one back in the last minute of the match, but it still
ended with victory to Mvita XI 4 – 3 MSC Warthogs.
CHA Chairman Oliver
Mascarenhas thanked the sponsors Daikyo Japan Motors for their
support and also obtaining permission to use the multi-purpose
Astro Turf pitch.
He invited other
corporate firms and the local county sports administration to
also look into supporting hockey in Mombasa.