OPEN TITLE RACE

New champions expected as Sharkia give Africa show wide berth

Kenyan representatives Wazalendo face a tricky opener in the form of Zamalek on Wednesday at the Theodosia Okoh National Hockey Stadium in Accra, Ghana.

In Summary

•The Egyptian giants won their 24th title in 2019 for the men's team whereas the women's side beat Ghana Revenue Authority

•The African Cup for Club Championship serves off on November 24-30 in Accra, Ghana

•The top two teams in each pool progress to the semifinals to be played on November 29

Wazalendo's Isaac Nandukule (R) powers past Felix Opolla of Sailors in a past KHU Premier League match at City Park Stadium.
Wazalendo's Isaac Nandukule (R) powers past Felix Opolla of Sailors in a past KHU Premier League match at City Park Stadium.
Image: /ERIC BARASA

A new champion will be crowned in this year’s 32nd edition of the African Cup for Club Championship serving off in Accra, Ghana from November 24-30 in the absence of Egypt’s El Sharkia, who won both categories in the 2019 edition.

El Sharkia’s men’s team saw off Smouha 1-0 to bag their record 24th African title in the Egyptian derby as their women counterparts got the better of Ghana Revenue Authority by the same scoreline.

Kenya’s representatives Wazalendo are in Pool ‘B’ alongside Zamalek (Egypt), Ghana Revenue Authority (Ghana) as well as Tairat (Egypt).

Eastern Company (Egypt), Ghana Army (Ghana), Kada Stars (Nigeria), Ghana Police Service (Ghana) and Nigeria’s Police Machine will battle it out in Pool ‘A’.

Wazalendo face a tricky opener in the form of  Zamalek on Wednesday at the Theodosia Okoh National Hockey Stadium.

The Egyptian side has been regular in the competition as the Fidelis Kimanzi tutored Wazalendo start as underdogs.

The Kenya Hockey Union league has been inactive since March 2020 and match fitness could affect Wazalendo even though they have played in some friendly matches.

Wazalendo will hope to get the better of GRA on Thursday in the 10:30 am kick off before concluding their pool matches with a fixture against Tairat.

The top two teams in each pool progress to the semifinals to be played on November 29.

The five women’s teams; Ghana Police Service, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Prisons, Nigeria’s Plateau Queens and Delta Queens play in a single pool.

Record champions Blazers, formerly Telkom, USIU-A Spartans and Butali Warriors have given the competition a wide berth.

Blazers, the 10-time African champions won the 2018 edition, beating GRA 1-0.