By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Four teams will represent Kenya at this year’s
African Cup of Clubs Championship from Dec. 17-24 in Abuja,
Telkom will be seeking their tenth title, and will be joined by
Kenya hockey league runners-up United States International
University-Africa (USIU) Spartans in the women’s competition,
while the men’s teams will be the Kenya Police and Butali Sugar
Telkom Head coach
Jos Openda is under pressure to reclaim the title he lost to
Ghana Revenue Authority in Accra last year while the men’s team
will be returning to the competition after skipping last year’s
Speaking in Nairobi
on Friday, Openda said his team will not be complacent after
having learned from the loss to the Ghanaian side.
“We are working
harder to ensure we gain the edge and face our challenge head
on. Telkom still are top and will dominate the Africa hockey
scene for a long time,” said Openda.
Hosts Nigeria will
parade top players and so will the Ghanaians, who were at this
year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.
But Openda believes
they can match their strength and skills and will go the extra
mile to reclaim the Africa Club title.
“The only concern I
have with this team is in the finishing department. My strikers
are yet to gel and it is the same thing that cost us last year.
We failed to utilize our chances and were punished by one
mistake, which our opponents capitalized on to win 1-0,” added
Over 16 teams will
compete for the Africa club title. They include Kenya Police,
Butali Sugar Warriors, Ghana Revenue Authority and Trustees from
Ghana, former champions Eastern Company Hockey Club and El
Sharkia from Egypt, Niger Flickers and Police Machine from
Nigeria in the men’s competition.
In the women’s
tourney, there are champions Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana
Police, Nigerian sides KADA Queens, Yobe Desert Queens as well
as the two Kenyan teams Telkom and USIU Spartans.
Spartans team coach
Willis Okeyo said he is upbeat ahead of their debut at the
African Cup of Clubs Championship.
“There are a lot of
expectations. Our aim is to expose the players and at the same
time try to give a good account of ourselves,” said Okeyo.
The students will be
making their maiden appearance at the annual event by virtue of
finishing second to champions Telkom in last season’s Premier