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Kenya To Host Africa Hockey Club Championships

Kenya will host the 2016 edition of the Africa Cup of Club Championships after Zimbabwe withdrew from the race last month, the Africa Hockey Federation disclosed on Wednesday.

The tournament dates have further been moved from December this year to January 21-29 next year due to the Junior World Cup that will be held at the end of the year.

Africa Hockey Federation (AHF) President Ahmed Seif asked Kenya to embark on preparations for the continental event.

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“Hockey Association of Zimbabwe had pulled out of hosting the event due to financial constraints and we are glad Kenya has agreed to host this prestigious competition that brings the best clubs and players in our continent,” Seif said in a statement.

About 12 men and eight women teams are expected to take part in the annual competition. Kenya has hosted the event twice, in 2007 and 2009, before and Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) chairman Nashon Randiek welcomed the move by the continental governing body.

“In the past, some of our clubs have found it hard to participate in the competition but it will now be on home soil meaning we shall have full representation,” Randiek told Daily Nation Sport.

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