Despite bearing the brunt of accessing Malawi by road, Uganda’s only representative at the Africa Cup for Club Championships, Kampala Hockey Club secured victory in their opening game.
Kampala Stallions weathered a five-day journey by road, and only arrived in Blantyre on Sunday morning, but they were determined to kick start their campaign on a good note.
The side faced Malawi’s Scorpion in their first game, and got the better of the locals with a 3-1 win.
They did not let the fatigue come in their way as they comfortably stung the Scorpions.
As early as the 2nd minute, Brian Bayuule put KHC in front. James Mugisha then doubled the lead three minutes later, but despite Alex Malili halving the deficit for his side in the second quarter, Dulf Musoke put the game to bed for the Ugandan club in the 44th minute.
Defender Brian Ssekitoleko says they were able to win because they stuck to the basics.
“We tried to play the basics. We played very simple, get the ball and pass it, spread across the pitch, play wide, attack our opponents in the D and take our chances.”
KHC will return to action on Monday against neighbors Western Jaguars from Kenya.
After Monday’s game, the Stallions will face three other teams including 12-time champions Sharkia from Egypt.