Continental hockey governing body Africa Hockey Federation (AfHF) recently announced that the Northeast Africa Cup of Nations (ACN) Hockey Qualifier that was initially slated to take place between 1st – 8th March 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya has been cancelled.
The event was cancelled because only Kenya and Uganda confirmed participation hence they automatically qualify for ACN because only two teams per gender were meant to make the cut. Six nations were meant to honor the show piece, with all of them fielding both male and female teams.
Uganda Hockey provisional national sides (men and women) have been conducting training at the National Hockey Stadium in Lugogo and now insist that they will travel to Kenya for friendly matches albeit cancelation of the qualifier.
“Yes, the team will still travel for friendly matches,” men’s assistant coach Vincent Arnold Kasasa confirmed adding that; “we shall name the traveling team towards the end of February.”
18 players per gender will make it to the traveling squad. 25 male players and 24 female players are currently in a non residential camp ahead of the trip.
Tentative travel date is 26th February 2021 with the friendless anticipated to kick-off in the first week of March.
Men’s Provisional Team:
1. Alfred Agaba 2. Ashraf Tumwesigye 3. Bosco Ochan 4. Brian Bayule 5. Brian Okodi 6. Charles Ekapolon 7. Colline Batusa 8. Emmanuel Isiyagi 9. Innocent Raskara 9. Lamula Nakajjumba 10. Jerome Owori 11. Jordan Mpiima 12. Julius Sseruyange 13. Martin Okello 14. Maxwell Mugisha 15. Moses Tushabe 16. Peter Elolu 17. Peter Walusansa 18. Richard Kaijuka 19. Richard Ssemwogerere 20. Solomon Mutalya 21. Stuart Kavuma 22. Thomas Opio 23. Timothy Ntumba 24. Topher Kyamanywa 25. William Okecha
Women’s Provisional Team:
1. Aisha Kagere 2. Annet Namuwonge 3. Consolate Muber 4. Doreen Asiimwe 5. Esther Chelimo 6. Jackie Namyalo 7. Joan Mukoya 8. Joy Mutoni 9. Lamula Nakajjumba 10. Lucky Akello 11. Margaret Nassiwa 12. Mbabazi Doreen Aciro 13. Norah Alum 14. Pauline Achom 15. Peace Makhoha 16. Shakira Namboozo 17. Siddy Alum 18. Susan Khainza 19. Syliva Giramia 20. Sylvia Oryaro 21. Teddy Aciro 22. Teopista Anyango 23. Winnie Atim 24. Winnie Alaro
Team Manager, Men: Kenneth Tamale
Team Manager, Women: Fatuma Namubiru
Head Coach: Francesco Richichi
Asst Head Coach: Vincent Arnold Kasasa and Sandra Namusoke
Goal keeping Coach: Antonio Spignolo
Asst. Goal keeping Coach: Byron Matovu
Team Doctor: Dr. Emmanuel Ewochu
Physiotherapist: Sadik Muhammad Akii