St. Cecilia Misikhu Girls’ hockey team coach, Robert Kanga, remains optimistic as his side return to the East Africa Secondary Schools Games after three years in cold.
The regional tournament gets underway tomorrow in Gulu, Uganda and Kanga insisted that they are returning to the games with their heads held high having overpowered favourites Sinyolo Girls and St. Joseph Kitale during the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) Term One ‘A’ Games.
Misikhu saw off their western compatriots St. Joseph’s Kitale 2-0 in the final having proved their worth as they defeated regulars Sinyolo 2-1 in the semis through penalty flicks.
“It has been a while since we featured in the East African Games and I know a lot has changed. However, we are not new to the event having won the title in 2009 in Fort Portal, Uganda before we settled for third place in 2013 in Lira, Uganda,” said Kanga.
“Uganda seems to be a good hunting ground for us and we go there with one goal; to prove our worth not only to fellow Kenyan representatives but to other nations as well. I am aware of the pressure that comes with being the national champions but we have our work cut out.”
Team captain Becky Mito said the fact that the sport will be played on round robin basis, they have a chance to pick from where they left when they face their local rivals and go all the way and extend the good run when they battle unfamiliar opponents.
St Cecilia, Misikhu, Sinyolo and St Joseph’s Kitale will face off with Uganda’s Kakungulu Mem, St. Mary’s Namagunga, Bweranyange Girls and Old Kampala.
Mito noted that as much as they have not had enough time to train, they are psyched up and in good spirit ahead of the 16th edition.
“We have the same squad that won against Sinyolo and St. Joseph and we are keen to extend the good run against them. As for other teams, we will approach them with caution but our goal is to win the title” observed Mito.