Every hockey player’s dream was to play in ‘derby of the Simbas’

It’s a sprint for the ball for these Nairobi Simba Union and Kisumu Simba Union players during the final of the Jamhuri Cup hockey tournament at the City Park in 1990. The Nairobi team won 3-2 on penalty flicks. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Narinder Singh Chana “Nindi” says in 30 meetings between these two in 1980s, Kisumu would win about two
  • Said Rashid, Zack Aura and Arif Shah are some of the few players who turned out for both Kisumu and Nairobi Simba teams
  • The Sikh community in Kenya has played, and continues to play, a major part in hockey in Kenya


The hockey match between the Nairobi Simba Union and Kisumu Simba Union was the clash of the two lions.


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