News for 05 June 2010

All the news for Saturday 5 June 2010


Cops now all out to arrest tormentors

By AYUMBA AYODI



Telkom Kenya Head of Corporate Communications Angela Mumo and the Telkom Orange ladies hockey team coach, Jos Openda, lead the team in celebration when the company announced a Sh9 million sponsorship for the 2010 season. Photo/ CORRESPONDENT

The new-look Kenya Hockey Union league bully off this weekend in Nairobi and Mombasa.

The Men’s Premier League, national men’s and the national women’s leagues will be staged over five months as compared to last season where they stretched for almost a year.

Last year’s Men’s Premier League losing finalists, Kenya Police, are out to exorcise the demons that have bedevilled them over the years with a clean run for the coveted title.

Their untainted run has always been halted in the play-offs, with their unbeaten run last year broken by Strathmore University 3-2 in the final.

Play-offs criticised

The play-offs had been criticised for not producing real winners with Kenya Police coach Fred Masibo saying it does not aid quality competition.

And with the play-offs and two-legged system scrapped, Police have no option but to prove their critics wrong.

The Premiership has 11 teams, the National Men’s League will feature 10 and the women’s league six.

Fixtures
National Men’s League: Today– Green Sharks v USIU-A (2pm), Kenya Police v Park Road; Tomorrow– Wazalendo v Nairobi Simba; National Men’s League: Karate v Parklands (10.00am), Mombasa Institute v Mombasa Sports (Mombasa); National Women’s League: Orange v Vikings, USIU-A v Sliders

Daily Nation



Telkom hands women hockey Sh9m

By Feverpitch Reporter


Following a successful 2009 season for the Orange Ladies Hockey team, Telkom Kenya on Thursday announced the continued support for the team ahead of the start of the 2010 season.

The company’s Head of Corporate Communications Angela Ng’ang’a Mumo announced that the company was sponsoring the team this year to the tune of Sh9m.

She noted that the company was maintaining its support for the ladies hockey team and announced that the sponsorship included for the first time in its history an insurance cover for the players.

"We would also like to expose the team to the two crucial international tournaments this year and our sponsorship will include making it possible for them to play in the upcoming African Cup of Club Championships scheduled for September in Lusaka and the World Club Championships set for December in India," said Ms Mumo.

Speaking during a luncheon in honour of the hockey team, she also challenged the Kenya Hockey Union to work with the government to develop hockey at the provincial level.

"With many schools playing hockey at the district level, the missing gap is at provincials where teams can be developed to feed the national league," she said.

Coach Jos Openda added that he had recruited two new players into the team to boost the forward and midfield.

"Sharon Aduvuka has joined as a midfielder, while Flavia Mutiva adds striking power to our side as a strike," he said.

The team is set to turn out for the first game of this year’s league tomorrow to face Vikings at the City Park Stadium.

The Standard Online



Players use facebook to invite fans to KHU date

By Oscar Pilipili


Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) competition, which resumes today, has been bitten by facebook bug.

The league has become innovative as players resort to social networking website, facebook, to invite fans to their matches. United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) players are urging fans through the website to attend their men’s team season opener against Green Sharks at City Park Stadium today.

The players have also extended invitations to fans ahead of the USIU-A versus Sliders match at the same venue tomorrow.

The USIU-A women’s team captain Lorraine Nondi and Barbara Simiyu lead their team’s campaign in inviting fans through the popular network that boasts of approximately 400 million subscribers.

"Facebook statistics let us to believe this is the fastest and more efficient mode of communication,’ says Simiyu.

The Standard Online



PHF trying to hire foreign coach

Staff Report


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is trying its best to rope in an experienced foreign coach and is in the process of negotiations with two to three coaches. PHF secretary general Mohammad Asif Bajwa said that things would clear up only after June 10 and expressed the hope that the national federation would be able to bring in a foreign coach. Pakistan were once a power to reckon with in international field hockey and won number of tournaments including World Cup titles along with Olympics, Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and other tournaments around the globe, but currently the national game is going through its worst phase. They finished at 12th position in this year’s World Cup held in New Delhi. Since then, the PHF are on a hunt for a foreign coach for the national team.

The Daily Times



No foreign coach willing to come: Bajwa

Top officials of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) have been beating their own trumpet of hiring a foreign coach for the national hockey team, but since now, they have made no progress in this regard.

Secretary PHF, Asif Bajwa, admitted in an exclusive chat with The Sports Encounter on Wednesday that due to security reasons not even a single foreign coach is ready to work in Pakistan.

It’s interesting to note here that if such a situation persists then Pakistan will have to tour Europe with a Pakistani coach, just like they did in Malaysia for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year.

Pakistan were once a power to reckon with in international field hockey and won number of tournaments including World Cup Titles along with Olympics, Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and other important field hockey tournaments around the globe, but currently the national game is going through its worst phase.

Bajwa told TSE that the PHF is still trying its level best to rope in an experienced foreign coach and is in the process of negotiations with two to three coaches.

He further stated that things would clear up only after June 10, 2010 and hoped that the Federation would be able to bring at least one foreign coach round to its point of view and attract him for Pakistan hockey job.

It is important to mention here that Pakistan stood at 12th position in this year’s World Cup held in New Delhi. Since then, the PHF are on the hunt for a foreign coach for the national hockey team.

The Sports Encounter



Dutch hockey coach lands in Pakistan

KARACHI: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has been in a hunt for hiring foreign coach for the national team after a disastrous World Cup campaign in New Delhi earlier this year. However, poor law and order situation in the terrorism-hit South Asian country has been standing in the way of a foreign coach and the PHF.

Now a foreign coach has finally showed some courage and guts to travel down to Pakistan as Dutch hockey coach Michael van den Wooghal to discuss with Federation’s top brass for a possible stint with the Pakistani hockey team.

Sources in Pakistan Hockey Federation told The Sports Encounter scribe here Friday that the Dutch hockey coach called on PHF President, Qasim Zia and PHF Secretary Asif Bajwa this evening to discuss the terms and conditions of the likely contract for the job.

Sources further stated that after the initial round of talks, the PHF authorities have offered Michael a package of Rs0.7 million to Rs1 million, while a decision by the former Holland hockey player is yet to be taken.

Asif Bajwa told The Sports Encounter that a final decision with regards to appointment of a foreign coach for the national team would be made by June 9 or 10.

Sources have claimed that Michael van is favourite to achieve the PHF job after Paul Lissek of Germany refused to join hands with the PHF for the revival of the National Game in Pakistan.

The Sports Encounter



Haripur upset Peshawar White to reach Inter-District Hockey final

PESHAWAR: Haripur upset Peshawar in the second semi-final by 2-0 and took berth into the final of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-District Junior Hockey Championship being played here at Lala Ayub Hockey Stadium on Friday. Despite heavy rain, the two teams presented excellent display in  front of small crowd witnessed the semi-final. Now Haripur will face annu in the final to be played on Saturday. Minister Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Syed Aqil Shah will grace the occasion as chief guest on this occasion and will give away the trophies and cash prizes. It is the first time that none of the Peshawar District team qualified for the final as both Peshawar Red and Peshawar White team ousted from the Championship.

The match was started on slow pace as Peshawar got three consecutive  penalty corners but due to poor finishing all went abortive. Haripur also managed their position by tackling the onslaught with a planed strategy.

Haripur got a penalty corner in the 14th minute. Waqas taken the penalty corner by converted it nicely to give team a goal lead.

After taking the lead, Haripur put in more pressure to double the lead but due to defensive approach of the Peshawarites they were unable to do so.

At half-time Haripur was leading by 1-0.

In the second-half, Haripur dominated the proceedings and did not  allow Peshawar forwards to play with free hands. It was in the 57th  minute when Haripur scored their second goal through Muhammad Wali on

the field attempt. Wali got a free ball from team’s center-half Javed  Ahmad and did nothing wrong in slamming a beautiful goal to make the tally 2-0. Muhammad Hamzi (PAF) and Tufail Khan (Police) supervised the match.

Associated Press of Pakistan



Gojra, Karachi II, Lahore and Sialkot score wins

Staff Report


LAHORE: Gojra, Karachi II, Lahore and Sialkot scored victories against their respective rivals on the sixth day of the PHF Inter Academies Hockey Tournament at National Stadium here on Friday. While Peshawar and Abbottabad played a 2-2 draw as five matches were played on a hot day under scorching heat.

Gojra thrashed Karachi I 8-0 after leading the first half 3-0 and the second 5-0. The Gojra forward line impressed with astute planning, coordination and accurate passing as Karachi I failed to match the speed and technique of their rivals. Scorers for Gojra: Mohsin Sabir (4th, 11th, 58th minutes), Shahid Jamal (18th, 25th, 52nd minutes), Rao Khalid (37th minute), Ghulam Abbas (48th minute).

However, Karachi II earned satisfaction and delight by routing Hyderabad 4-0 after a goalless first half and wrapping up the second session 1-0. Karachi II converted two penalty corners. Hyderabad lacked basic drills of the game and failed to come out of persistent pressure mounted by Karachi II. Scorers for Karachi II: Ibrar Azam (37th minute), Faizan Khan (50th minute), Yasir Ghafoor (51st minute), Sohail Ashraf (56th minute).

Lahore beat Bahawalpur 1-0 in the third match of the day after leading the first half 1-0. No goals were scored in second and third sessions. Scorer for Lahore: Owais Ur Rehman (2nd minute). Sialkot defeated Faisalabad 2-1 as both the teams were locked 1-1 in the second session while the first half remained goalless.

Scorers for Sialkot: Hammad Zafar (28th minute), Faraz Zafar (55th minute). Faisalabad: Muhammad Salman (33rd minute.

Peshawar and Abbottabad played an empty first session. Peshawar were 2-1 at the end of second half. Scorers for Peshawar: Yasir Ali (30th, 37th minutes). Abbottabad: Ahsan Riaz (39th minute), Naeem Awan (55th minute.

Today’s matches:

Hyderabad vs Peshawar

Bahawalpur vs Karachi II

Karachi I vs Faisalabad,

Sialkot vs Gojra

Lahore vs Abbottabad.

The Daily Times



Hockey and its too many cooks

Sport in turmoil: Three general houses of Indian hockey to meet between June 6 and 14

Prabhjot Singh


Starting this Sunday (June 6), three independent bodies - one each of men, women and combined - each claiming itself to be the parent body of the sport in the country will hold their general house meetings in the union capital during next 10 days. Two of these bodies besides reiterating their claims to be the genuine representative national association controlling the game of hockey may also announce their respective calendar of events, including holding of national seniors, juniors and sub-juniors championships.

The third body, Hockey India, has proposed a series of amendments/changes in its constitution before the general elections are held. One of these bodies headed by KPS Gill and backed by a strong Delhi High Court verdict in its favour will meet on June 6. Interestingly, only those units of men’s’ hockey affiliated to the Indian Hockey Confederation before it was taken over by the Indian Olympic Association in 2008 have been called for the June 6 meeting.

In the June 12 meeting, the Indian Women’s’ Hockey Association, has likewise called its pre-2008 units for the meeting. While the hockey muddle is getting complicated day by day, two senior functionaries of the International Hockey Federation, including its president, Leandre Negro, reportedly visited India. The visit was a low profile event and he reportedly held meetings with the both Hockey India as well as the Union Ministry of Sports.

Now when India is due to play in the Women’s World Cup in Argentina and also to host the Commonwealth Games Hockey events in October, the foremost question both before the Ministry of Sports and the International Hockey Federation will be which of the three bodies to recognise. Sources reveal that in the records of the International Hockey Federation, neither the Indian Hockey Federation nor the All-India Womens’ Hockey Association figure anywhere. The only body recognised from India by the FIH after 2001 was the Indian Hockey Confederation. It may be pertinent to mention here that in 2001, there was a formal merger of the mens’ and womens’ hockey bodies at the national level.

It was only in 2008 that the FIH formally recognised Hockey India and wanted a democratically elected body in place in time for the 2010 World Cup. Litigations and other problems, however, made the FIH to extend the deadline to May 31. Again this deadline could not be followed.

There are some units and hockey officials, who incidentally are active both in Hockey India as well as their revived old national bodies - Indian Hockey Federation and the All-India Womens’ Hockey Association. Merger of men and women bodies may be a secondary issue but how the country will come out of this multi-bodies syndrome controlling our erstwhile national sport hockey looks intriguing. Otherwise the sport that has already suffered irreparable damage, will continue on its downslide.

The Tribune



Coach: Four-nation meet in China is next stage for Asiad preparation

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will move into the second stage of their preparations for the Asian Games by competing in a four-nation tournament in Dalian, China, from July 7-11.

Malaysia, whose first phase of training began with the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup last month, will face Pakistan, Russia and hosts China in the four-nation meet.

The national team are also hoping to play two friendlies against Pakistan prior to the tournament in Dalian.

National coach Stephen van Huizen said they were focused on getting the team ready for the Dalian meet and they hoped to take the best players to the tournament.

“Of course, we will also try and expose the younger players as we need to gauge their capabilities. But with the limited number of matches lined up, we also must try and work on the best possible combinations,” he said.

“There are 30 players in the team but we will take 18 for the Dalian tournament. The rest will stay back and continue with their training.

“We have asked Pakistan for the extra matches in China and, hopefully, they will agree to it.”

Besides the tournament in China, Malaysia are also hoping to finalise two playing tours to Australia and Europe.

“It is in the works but the details are not finalised yet. We have also asked India for some matches but that too is in the planing stage,” said van Huizen, who added that the coaches would review the performances of the 30 trainees over the next two weeks.

“Yes we will be reviewing their position and there may be some changes. Younger players who have impressed us in the recent junior league and even those playing at the Sukma will be given considerations.

“But there is no decision to increase the number of players in the squad from 30.”

Meanwhile, former international Nor Saiful Zaini is also expected to return to the national team as assistant coach.

Saiful was assistant to Tai Beng Hai last year but was not included in the national set-up in April when the national team was picked.

Van Huizen said that he had recommended for Saiful to be included in the team as they needed another coach in the fold.

The Star of Malaysia



Malacca hockey team hungry for gold

By PERCY D CRUZ


MALACCA: Malacca’s best-ever achievement in men’s hockey at the Malaysian Games (Sukma), since its inception in 1986, has been a bronze medal in the 2004 edition in Seremban.

Now that they will be hosting this year’s Games, Malacca are bent on winning the gold in front of their own fans.

The Malacca Hockey Association’s (MHA) quest for Sukma gold began as early as in 2007, when they picked a 25-strong training squad under the tutelage of coaches K. Balakrishnan and Azrul Effendi Boestman.

“The average age of our players is 21 years and judging by progress and results in various national age group and senior competitions, clinching the Sukma gold is well within our reach,” said MHA secretary Francis Leong.

Success came switfly for Malacca when they whipped Penang 5-1 to bag the national Under-21 title in Kuala Lumpur in mid-2007. Later that year, Malacca finished second best (after losing 2-3 to Johor) in the National Under-23 competition and captured the Razak Cup title with a 2-1 win over the National Juniors in the final.

“The squad kept up their momentum by making the semi-finals of last year’s and this year’s Razak Cup series,” said Leong.

For the June 10-19 Sukma, Malacca have been drawn in Group B with Selangor, Penang, Johor, Kedah and Sarawak. Group A comprises defending champions Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Sabah.

Amirullah Zainol, Dedy Ariyadi Jumaidi, Fawwaz Amir Kamarudin, Mohd Ridzwan Azmi, Fathi Kamel Shahrom Jamil, Mohd Arifin Dollah, Mohd Harfizi Baharom, Mohd Huzairy Mohd Zin, Mohd Saiful Hafiz Jaafar, Mohd Zulhilmi Mohd Ali, Mohd Afif Akmal Salim, Mohd Idrus Ali, Mohd Khairul Anwar Abdullah. Mohd Syakir Amir Kamaruddin, Mohd Zulhafiz Mohd Ali. Mohd Arif Yazid, Hairulnizam Maizan, S. Saraveaswaran.

The Star of Malaysia



Crisis in Malaysian Women's team

There are reports that indicate all is not well in the national women's hockey team following their dismal outing in the World Cup Qualifiers in Santiago where they finished last.

It is learnt that a group of players had a session with top guns of the NSC and demanded that coach Yahya Atan be replaced.

It is yet to be determined what their bone of contention is but suffice to say that if the news is true, then it will mean that MWHA must be held responsible .

Besides the Asian and Commonwealth Games, the team is also likely to feature in the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy in South Korea in late July following the withdrawal of India. The other teams playing in the tournament are South Korea, China and Japan.

The demand for Yahya's removal and the request by a coach from the men's team to move into the setup for the ladies seem to be too coincidential, so is there any link to it?

For the record, both the NSC DG and TM Pahang are aware of the coach's request to be re-designated.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Synthetic turf in bad condition

By K. Kandiah



(From right) Penang state hockey coach Bob Rajendran, Penang state sports council director Mohd Akhbar Mustafa, state executive councillor for Youth and Sports Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, PHSA vice president Ranjit Singh and PSHA secretary V. Jayanandhan viewing the deplorable condition of the synthetic turf at the Bertam Hockey Stadium in the MPSP Sports Complex in Kepala Batas yesterday, together with some students who came to train at the pitch. — Picture by K. Kandiah

THE synthetic turf of the Bertam Hockey Stadium in Kepala Batas is in deplorable condition and unplayable.

Penang Hockey Association secret ary V. Jayanandhan said since day one, the stadium has faced problems, especially its drainage system.

During the 2000 Malaysia Games, matches at the Bertam Hockey Stadi um had to be shifted to the Universiti Sains Malaysia hockey stadium when the pitch became water logged from heavy rain.

Jayanandhan said the problem happened again in 2003 when Pen ang hosted the national Under-15 tournament. Matches had to be transferred to Sungai Petani.

State executive councillor for Youth and Sports, Lydia Ong Kok Fooi vis ited the hockey stadium yesterday to see the eyesore. Also making the trip were state sports council director Mohd Akhbar Mustafa, PSHA vice president Ranjit Singh, state hockey coach Bob Rajendran, Penang Schools technical chairman for hockey K. Sunderasan and Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) engineers.

Lydia said she had met former sports minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and the present minis ter, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek. Both had said there were no more funds.

"The state government has funds only for training, competitions and development purposes. We do not have funds for infrastructure.”

New Straits Times



Southern Sun now also accommodates Hockey SA

The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) has become the latest National Sports Federation to place its accommodation needs in the hands of South Africa’s major hotel group, Southern Sun.

Already home-from-home to this country’s national Soccer, Rugby and Cricket squads, as well as several other sports organizations across South Africa, Southern Sun is now the preferred accommodation supplier to Hockey at national level.

“It is indeed a great privilege to be welcomed as one of the national sports federations to be accommodated and looked after by Southern Sun”, said Dave Carr, President of SAHA. “As a sport that strives for the highest standards at all times, Hockey believes that its ideals of reaching the top, are shared by a group such as Southern Sun, who have already achieved tremendous heights, and continue to excel in the hospitality industry in South Africa. We are truly proud to have them as the official hotel group of South African Hockey. We hope that they too will be proud of their association with us”.

Southern Sun is the official hotel group of the SA Hockey Association, and all the national teams that are part of the SAHA stable.

SA Hockey Association media release