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Arusha Twiga Club organizes Uhuru Hockey Tournament for December 2023

The Twiga Hockey Club of Arusha is in the process of organizing a special ‘Uhuru Tournament,’ to be stated in the Northern City of Tanzania in December 2023.

The hockey event will be held to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the country’s Independence.

Tanganyika gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 9 December 1961, the country later united with Zanzibar to form the current United Republic of Tanzania.

This year the Arusha Twiga Club is honouring the event with a special hockey tourney.

According to the Club officials, the venue for Uhuru Hockey Tournament is the Sikh Union Club grounds in Arusha.

Uhuru Hockey tournament is set to attract various clubs from all over the country.

However, before the major event, there is the forthcoming Nyerere Cup which coming up in the Moshi Municipality of Kilimanjaro Region, playing from 12 to 15 October 2023.

The country celebrates the annual Nyerere Day Holiday in honor of the founding father of the nation, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage who passed away on October 14, 1999.

Meanwhile again the hockey legends from Arusha Twiga Club emerged victorious during the recently held field hockey tournament organized by the Black Mambaz club in Dar-es-Salaam City.

The legends hockey comprised participants aged over 45 years.

Arusha was represented by the Twiga legends from the 90s and 2000s, among them, Bhavesh Gohil; Kari Singh, Jite Singh, Monu Singh, Bhaiji Bhai , Jagdev Singh and Jamil Shahbhai.

They were all out to prove that when it comes to Hockey, age is just a number.

Arusha legends displayed their hockey skills by playing crisp short pass and move hockey on the turf that entertained the crowd and opposing teams.

It was a melancholic reminder of the beautiful hockey they played in the 90s and 2000s.

A total of four teams participated in what was described to be a well-organized event.

The final match was end to end for all four quarters. The intense battle on the field showcased the best of both teams, with each vying for the trophy.

Jite Singh managed to maintain his fitness even at this age, was seen passing the ball and combining well with Monu and Jamil to set up attack after attack for Twiga, while the defence was marshalled well by Bhavesh, Kari and Bhaiji.

The pressure eventually paid off and led to Twiga winning the inaugural tournament 5-3, which added yet another trophy to their glorious history to further cement their status as the most decorated hockey club in the country.

A large number of spectators attended the Dar tournament and showed their unwavering support to try and revive the golden days of hockey from the 90s and 2000s.

The plan is to host the tournament annually and try to organize similar tournaments in Arusha and Tanga. 

Spectators and hockey enthusiasts now turn their attention to the Nyerere Cup to be held in Moshi next weekend.