LET’S BRING BACK PANGO’S GLORY!

29/01/2018 5 comments Rose Odengo

Pango and hockey are synonyms; we have brought in the national tournament cups for decades. After the departure of the great Mr. Akweri as teacher and coach from the school, and the lack of an initial replacement as coach; the quality of our performance started to decline.

That is steadily changing thanks to one of our own, Dorris Chepkoech aka DC who led the 1999 hockey squad to national glory and a new addition to the coaching team – Doreen Otieno, class of 2010, an astute lawyer and hockey star, getting the girls back on track. We can’t thank this dynamic duo for their relentless dedication.

As all the hockey fans know, first term of the school year is the peak of the hockey league. After almost 5 years out of competitive hockey, the girls made it to the finals. What a great start to the year for the team! Go Girls! Go!

Here’s a quick summary of their two tournaments this month:

Mang’u tournament – 20th to 21st January 2018 – First Tournament 2018

The girls were pooled with Bishop Gatimu Ngandu girls, Alliance, Mpesa Foundation Academy. It was a slow start at the tournament but they made it to the quarter finals and met MaryHill who they beat to reach the semis. They played Loreto Limuru in the semis and proceeded to the final where they lost to Buruburu girls on penalty shoot outs. They emerged as Silver winners. Makofi ya kilo!

Alliance Girls High School tournament – 27th to 28th January 2018

The girls were pooled with Alliance Girls’ high school, Mpesa Foundation Academy and Starehe Girls high school. Once again the girls qualified for the quarter finals where they met State House Girls and proceeded to the semis. They met Maryhill in the semis where they beat them 2-0 to proceed to the final against Karima girls. The girls had an impressive tournament and lost a lot of chances in the final to win their maiden cup in 2018. They lost by a solitary goal and became runners up 2nd week in a row.

Not a bad start after such a long break.

The youth development programme through partnerships with hockey clubs in the Netherlands has been supporting Pangani Girls Hockey team with equipment, to improve the sport. They are part of the huge improvement the girls have shown and we are very grateful for their support. The school has received a full goal keeper’s kit, hockey sticks, hockey balls, training bibs, T- shirts/uniform, cones. The school and the girls are extremely grateful for their support.

But we can still do more to keep the fire burning, even with the initial support from the youth development programme, we still need more of the equipment to ensure the girls have all they need to strengthen them further and earn back our title as the unbeatable Pangani Girls Hockey team.

They still need more

  • team skirts,
  • team socks,
  • Hockey shoes,
  • full length shin guards,
  • Hockey sticks,
  • shoulder pads for the keeper,
  • laces for the goal keepers kickers,
  • first aid kit,
  • chalk to mark the pitch,
  • pitch marker, and
  • roller to maintain the pitch

Please contact Dorris on dchepkoech@gmail.com or Doreen on lindaoti7@gmail.com to find out how else you can help.