Telkom Kenya Head of Corporate Communications Angela Mumo and the Telkom Orange ladies hockey team coach, Jos Openda. The champions will sign new players to bolster their forward line up for next season. FILE PHOTO
Kenya women hockey champions Telkom Orange will sign new players to bolster their forward line up for next season.
Telkom won a record 17th league crown on Sunday after beating Strathmore Scorpions 3-2 on penalties in the women’s final after a 2-2 draw.
However, Orange coach Jos Openda says he is concerned by his team’s wastefulness noting that he needs to inject fresh blood in his forward line which includes Hellen Chemtai, Jackline Jow and Terry Juma all of whom are over 30 years.
Openda admitted that he was unhappy with his forwards whom he said almost cost his team the final.
“I expected much more from my forwards especially after our good performance at the Africa Club Championships in Zimbabwe. Our wastefulness almost cost us the title,” Openda said.
Orange’s top scorer this season was Jackline Jow who finished with seven goals, five less than Strathmore’s Gilly Okumu who finished top of the scoring charts despite missing the final due to an injury.
“The important is that we won the league again but my main concern is our forward line where we will need to bring on board a few creative players for next season.” Openda added.
Though he did not mention names, Openda said most of their new players will come from the Telkom Young Rovers which is the team’s developmental side. He also did not rule out chances of signing players from other teams.
Last season Lillian Aura joined Orange from rivals Strathmore Scorpions and went on to win a double with the club in her first season.