The National Women’s Hockey Team has qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have confirmed Kenya’s qualification via a letter to NOC-K.
This is great news for the team who surpassed all chances of winning the bronze medal at the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Accra, Ghana last month.
“Hockey qualification is based on the FIH World Rankings with Kenya Women’s team being ranked 3rd in Africa behind South Africa and Ghana,” Kenya Hockey Federation President Nashon Randiek said. .
Kenya now join counterparts Ghana in competing at the Commonwealth Games, with both nations given re-allocation slots which were not occupied by the top-ranked teams internationally.
They become the second Kenyan women’s team after Basketball 3×3 to book a ticket to the Games in which Kenya will be participating for the 17th time.
Meanwhile, the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) has congratulated the hockey team on qualifying for the Commonwealth Games.
NOC-K Secretary Francis Mutuku noted that the team deserved praise considering the kind of misfires they faced in the eleventh hour.
“We all know the circumstances the team went to and it shows how talented we are and for us as an Olympic Committee we are very proud to be represented in a team sport. means our systems and structures are improving although we still have a long way to go, but we are on the right track,” Mutuku said.
“We want to congratulate them because we are hiring them immediately from Monday so they can catch up with the other affiliates. The talent is huge so we just need to look for resources to be able to nurture it.”