Easterners 14-0 Weatherhead
When the Africa Hockey Federation [AHF] released fixtures for the Africa Cup of Club Championship three days ago, Weatherhead [M] coach, Vincent Kasasa, said “We shall put up a fight. At least I expect to secure three points each from Wananchi, Ghana [referring to Exchequers] and Kenya Police.”
Asked where he gathers his confidence from considering the fact that his team is debuting at the tournament, Kasasa explained: “Ghana has the experience but we have the skill. We will hold the ball and I know my system of 4-3-3 will cause panic in the Ghana defence.
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“Police is not a threat; I have learnt how Kenyans play over time.” He continued to say “We beat Wananchi 4-2 in a friendly after the league” when asked about Wananchi who beat them thrice in the league last season.
Fast-forward three days, and Kasasa and his charges are in misery.
Weatherhead’s first game at the tournament ended 6-2 in favour of their opponents Exchequers. While the coach might have hoped for a better outcome in their opening game, that result turned out to be a fair one as they catastrophically lost 14-0 to Egyptian side Easterners.
By the turn of the game, the result was confirmed as a the Egyptians went into recess with a 6-0 lead.
Kasasa was right to say ‘I respect the Egyptians’ when he was assessing his Pool A opponents. Easterners are defending champions in the men’s category.
The result leaves Weatherhead bottom of Pool A with no point and with 20 goals conceded in only two games.
Meanwhile like their fellow Ugandans, National Hockey League reigning champions Wananchi lost their first game.
The side coached by Albert Unjima lost 4-2 to home side Kenya Police on Saturday.
Weatherhead Gazelles were also on the losing end on the opening day as their game between Sliders ended 6-3.
In their next game, Weatherhead [M] play Wananchi who were out of action today on Tuesday.