NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s women representative to the 2018 African
Cup for Clubs and defending champions, Telkom, have vowed to
defend the continental title that they have won cumulatively
nine times with the last five being consecutive wins.
The Kenyan side,
which changed their name from Orange to Telkom after their
sponsor rebranded, have also won the national league a record 20
times and is regarded as the country’s most successful hockey
“Ghana has been a
hostile ground for us in the past like in 2010 when we faced a
lot of drubbing, but we have put all that in the past and will
overcome under our slogan ‘adapt and thrive’,” team coach Jose
Openda said on Tuesday evening during a ceremony to send off the
team to the event.
The team, which also
contributes the bulk of the national squad members, also
received sponsorship package from their backer, Telkom, worth
120,000 U.S. dollars for allowances, kit requirements and
training needs for the 2018 season.
Telkom CEO, Aldo
Mareuse, said their long-standing relationship with the team is
borne out of passion for the sport as well as the stellar
performance of the squad.
“The team is in line
with our value brand of supporting the young urban population
and we will continue to support them as a winning side. Over the
years, the team has continued to grow and withstood the test of
time and competition both locally and in Africa,” the CEO said.
Tracy Wachira, the
team captain, said the team was up to task and they have
undergone intensive training sessions for the championship.
“We have won the
title for the last five consecutive years and there is no reason
why we should not win a sixth title,” the skipper remarked.
edition of the tournament will be held at the Theodosia Okoe
Hockey Stadium between Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, featuring teams from
Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt.