One on One: Ashley takes on SoNy Sugar’s Stephen

ASHLEY AKINYI- KISUMU LAKERS HOCKEY

I’m in my final year taking a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Diplomacy with IT

SR-Kisumu: What’s your full name?

Ashley: My name is Ashley Linda Akinyi.

SR-Kisumu: What’s your age?

Ashley: Am 23 years old.

 

SR-Kisumu: What’s your level of education??

Ashley: I’m in my final year taking a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Diplomacy with IT at Maseno University.

SR-Kisumu: When did you develop interest in Hockey?

Ashley: My interest for the game began way in 2010 when I joined form one at Nyawara Girls High school.

Previously in primary level I used to play football but when I got to Nyawara, football was not offered and being a young vibrant sports enthusiast, when I was introduced to hockey, my passion for it grew to date.

 

SR-Kisumu: Which position do you play in?

Ashley: I’m number 5, the last woman, that is as a defender.

 

SR-Kisumu: What challenges do you face as a player and as a captain?

Ashley: As a captain, well I have to ensure there is smooth running of activities being that most of the young ladies look up to me. I have to keep motivating them, ensure that am steering the whole team towards the right direction .If anything goes wrong all of them turn to me.

As a player, I have goals I wish to achieve but I don’t want to achieve them alone so I always push my players so hard.

 

SR-Kisumu: Do you have a challenge in the availability of facilities?

Ashley: That was a big challenge at the beginning a year ago, we would go to the pitch, if we were, Let’s say around seven and only four would have hockey sticks, but as per now, though it’s still a challenge, we have now received some from our coaches and well-wishers.

 

SR-Kisumu: Where do you want to see yourself and the club as a whole in the next let’s say five years?

Ashley: I would like to see the club and I progress to the premier league and dethrone the over 18 time league champions, Telkom.

And by so doing, provide more opportunities to ladies within the Western Region thus bringing the hockey glory back to Kisumu where it all began.

 

SR-Kisumu: Who is your role model in the field of Hockey. Who do you look up to??

Ashley: Internationally, I look up to Ashleigh Nelson from Australia.

Nationally, I look up to my aunt Judith Alito (Telkom) and Zack Aura (Butali).

Not forgetting to mention Sophy Arum (Vikings).

 

SR-Kisumu: Who’s your toughest opponent so far? Team or even player.

Ashley: At the moment we haven’t established the toughest opponent. We take on each team without vigour and motive to be the best. I think we are the threat.

Opponent player, I wish to play against Jacko Mwangi (Telkom).She has a good rapport, she is my target opponent, but as per now there is no tough one.

 

SR-Kisumu: What would you be doing if not playing hockey?

Ashley: I think I would be a public speaker.

I like motivating people and also enlighten them.

As a public speaker, I have the platform to do both. Bring to light the most suppressing issues in the society and we all know that a well-educated society mean development.

And so you can say that is my hobby.

 

STEVEN OTIENO- SONY SUGAR FC

Currently, I play for SoNy Sugar on the wings

SR-Kisumu:  What’s your full name?

Steve: My name is Steven Otieno, but mostly people call me ‘Lefta’ due to my left-footed nature when playing.

 

SR-Kisumu:  What’s your age?

Steve: I was born in August 2000. So I’m turning 18 this year.

SR-Kisumu: What’s your level of education?

Steve; I’m a form four leaver. Finished my studies at St Ignatius Magadi Secondary School.

 

SR-Kisumu: When did you develop interest in football?

Steve: haha , I don’t quite remember the exact year so let’s just say since I was a kid.

 

SR-Kisumu: Which position do you play in in football?

Steve: Currently, I play for SoNy Sugar on the wings, both of them and I can also be used as a number 10.

SR-Kisumu: Do you have a challenge in the availability of facilities?

Steve: Because I am in the premier league now I can’t say I have any challenges towards resources.

 

SR-Kisumu: Where do you want to see yourself and the club as a whole in the next let’s say five years?

Steve; I want to be at Arsenal in the next five years.

 

SR-Kisumu: Who is your role model in the field of Football. Who do you look up to?

Steve: I love Kingsley Coman’s speed and also the Real Madrid duo of Isco and Tony Kroos.

 

SR-Kisumu: Who’s your toughest opponent so far??Team or even player.

That would be Gor Mahia- the toughest opponents.

Steve: For a team I would say Gor Mahia so far. They were tough when we played them. Player I’d say Innocent Wafula who marked me in the Gor Mahia match.

SR-Kisumu: What would you be doing if not playing football?

Steve; If not playing football by now I would have pursued college education and maybe be a banker at the end of it all.

 

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