NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will enter two hockey teams - boys’ and
girls’ - in the Africa Youth Games, hoping to build on the
country’s success in continental games.
Wycliffe Ongori, the
Kenya Hockey Union Secretary General, said Kenya has a vibrant
youth structure, which targets to expose the best talents off
the secondary school.
He believes, hockey
will join track and field, rugby and volleyball to increase
Kenya’s medal haul in the games. This year’s Africa Youth Games
will be held in Algiers, Algeria from July 19-28.
“We are still
preparing the teams and soon they will be ready for the task. We
will enter boys’ and girls’ teams hoping they will fight for a
podium finish,” Ongori said here on Tuesday.
He said training is
ongoing at three different centers and the teams will converge
in Nairobi in the last week to the games for final polishing.
The girls’ camp is
based in Bungoma at St. Cecelia misikhu High school led by
veteran player turned coach glennis namasake. Kakamega County
hosts the boys’ camp based at Musingu High School under Michael
Malungu while the third camp is at Nairobi City Park Stadium
supervised by Kenya Hockey Union chairman Nashon Randiek.
“The players are
aware of what is expected from them and we can only hope for the
best going forward,” said Namasake. The final team will be
selected on June 16 in Nairobi.
“We settled on the
two schools because of their massive talents in the regions.
Training is conducted daily before going for the national trials
on June 16,” said Ongori.
“Hockey sport will
feature a five-side tourney and we need fast and strong players
who have endurance to last the challenge.”
Winners and first
runners-up from the African Youth Games will secure automatic
qualification to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires,
Argentina in October.