In Summary
  • The leagues need to be invigorated with good sponsorship, live coverage of matches and cash prizes for the winners.

Local clubs Butali Sugar Warriors and Blazers (formerly Telkom Orange) retained Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) league titles at the weekend.

On Saturday, Butali beat Wazalendo 2-0 at City Park Stadium to retain the men’s league title, their fourth, with two matches to go.

On Sunday, Blazers saw off Kenyatta University 2-1 at the same venue to win a record-extending 22nd title in the women’s league.

The two teams are poised to finish the league unbeaten, which speaks to the hard work they have put in.

The decision by KHU to reduce the number of teams in the top league seems to work. The season has been shorter, and teams had adequate time to prepare, improving the quality of matches.

But the league winners will, once again, skip the Africa Club Championships due to inadequate funds. This year’s edition is for Egypt next month.

Again, the standard of the sport locally is yet to match the best in Africa.

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