The Africa Olympic qualifiers will be held in Pretoria, South Africa from October 29 to November 5.
The national hockey teams have stepped up their preparations ahead of the Africa Olympic qualifiers to be held in Pretoria, South Africa from October 29 to November 5.
Sixty players, both women and men, will be hoping to showcase their skills at the City Park Hockey Stadium in a bid to impress the coaches and be selected for the continental event and hopefully next year, be part of Team Kenya to Paris, France.
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Mary Njoroge has finally been slotted for her first assignment at the ongoing global tournament in Australia New Zealand
Kenyan men will be up against hosts South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe while their women's counterparts battle it out with the hosts, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.
“We are going to perfect on the execution of our short corners and also the short corner defence which is very key if we have to do well,” the men’s national team captain, Constant Wakhura, told KBC Sport.
Meanwhile, the women's national team captain Tracy Wasike noted that having a relatively youthful side is an added advantage to the team and they will be banking on the young squad to deliver.
“We have an advantage since we have a mix of very youthful players who are the majority and some of the experienced players who will be returning,” she said.
Team Kenya will return to South Africa with the hope of making a statement since they failed to deliver in 2019, at the same venue. The winners of the event will automatically book slots to next year’s Olympic Games.
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The 24-year-old is optimistic that the team will learn from the experience, which they will use as fuel to win back promotion to the top flight at the first time of asking.