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Rach laments poor quality in hockey league

20 August 2014, 14:34

Nairobi - Former national coach Gerard Rach believes Kenya's hockey players need major improvements if they are to have any chance of competing at higher levels.

Rach, who was in charge when the national team reached the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, is currently in Kenya to help both the men's and women's teams to prepare for the World Hockey One, which will take place from September 2-7.

The German conducted a training session at the City Park Stadium over the weekend and admits he wasn't impressed with what he saw.

"The players in the national team lack basic hockey skills, their standards are very low and not a single player in these teams can play in the German first league," he told FeverPitch.

He added: "Fitness is key (to success), I identified some players who had to work on their weights and the results are positive as they have been able to get rid of some weight."

Kenya will take on Egypt, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda during the upcoming tournament and Rach believes the more matches the teams play at international level the better they will get.

"International Test matches will be good for these players, the only way the teams can improve is when they play as many matches as possible against stronger teams," he said.

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