MOSHI Khalsa A will be out to defend their Nyerere Hockey title as the 8th edition of the memorial hockey tournament kicks off today at the Sikh Union Complex ground in Moshi.
Tanzania Amateur Hockey Association (TAHA) Secretary, Kaushik Doshi told the ‘Daily News’ yesterday that preparation for the four-day tournament has been finalised.
He said that the tournament is being organised by Sikh Club in collaboration with THA. Doshi said that ten teams include the 2016 champions Moshi Khalsa A who are among the teams that have confirmed their participation as the defending champions.
The tournament, according to Doshi aims to honour the late Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, who passed away on October 14, 1999.
“The tournament was not staged last year, but the 2016 champions, Moshi Khalsa A will be there to defend the title in the prestigious event,” he said.
Doshi said the confirmed teams have been pooled in three groups; A, B and C. He named the group A teams as Arusha Twiga, Kili Vijana from Moshi and Tanzania People’s defence Forces (TPDF) and Group B are Moshi Khalsa A, Nyuki from Zanzibar and Moshi School while Group C comprises Arusha School, Tanga Star, KMKM from Zanzibar and Khalsa B.
According to the fixture, Moshi Khalsa A are scheduled to open their title defending campaign against Moshi School before Arusha School take on Moshi Khalsa B in their today’s opening matches.
The group stage matches will continue on Friday and Saturday before picking the best four teams for Sunday semi-final and the final.
Doshi added that THA appreciates the efforts and commitment of the Sikh community of Moshi in boosting hockey with their continuous support.
Moshi Khalsa A beat Arusha Twigas 1 - 0 in the last final, the two teams are also expected to renew their rivalry in this year’s tournament, which is bankrolled by Sikh Community.