Sikh Union seek to return to hockey’s top league
Former Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s premier league champions Nairobi Sikh Union have been doing a lot of soul-searching as they seek redemption to the top-flight league.
The 2012 premier league winners, who were demoted to the super league together with Parklands after finishing second last in 2019 have a much more realistic chance of securing promotion at the tail end of the current campaign.
Sikh Union, formerly Nairobi Simba and Kenya College of Accountancy University are favourites to earn promotion to the men’s top tier as they occupy the top two positions with 41 and 35 points respectively. Former club and Kenyan national hockey team captain Inderjit Matharu is impressed with the resurgence of the club tipping them to return to where they belong.
Sikh, who have in the past produced 26 Olympic players, have been reduced to a shadow of their former selves due to what Matharu attributes to a lack of enough facilities to nurture upcoming talent.
He, however, predicted new dawn following the installation of the modern surface which is estimated to have cost the club Sh70 million and which was officially opened in August 2019.
“We have sunk in the league due to lack of facilities but the team is now able to train regularly,” Matharu said.