NAIROBI, Kenya- Victorious Kenya women polo team have landed two international invites following their impressive performance in India last week.
Some of the team members have also been picked for an international coaching course to be held in India in October.
The invites come barely a week after Kenya edged United States of America 5-4 to clinch the Third Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament at Kangjeibung Grounds in Manipur, India, last Sunday.
The sweet victory has put Kenya on the polo global map where best of the best are eager to gauge their strength with the champions.
Top countries that have requested Kenya for friendlies include USA and Australia who were considered favorites for the India tournament.
“Australia and USA have invited us for a rematch,” Nairobi Polo Club Vice Captain, Rowena Stichbury, told SportPesa News at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) when the team jetted in from India on Tuesday.
“We feel honoured and appreciated to be invited by top nations in the world as far as the game is concerned.
“India Polo Association have also expressed their desire to play with Kenya again,” Stichbury added.
Team captain, Tiva Gross, left the country on Wednesday for some high-profile tournament in Barbados that kicked off on Friday.
“I’m looking forward to have a good time in Barbados.I will strive to help my side win the contest,” said Tiva.
“After that, I will be headed to South Africa for the Cape Town tournament that gets underway on February 18,” Tiva added.
Kaila Millar, who notched the winning goal in the dying minutes that granted Kenya the deserved victory against USA, reminisced the priceless moment saying:
“Honesty, I didn’t know I had scored. I was in an angle where it was hard to see the ball going through the goal line. I saw Tiva screaming and suddenly the bell rang. We had won. We cherish the victory.”
Nikki Ngugi who had great moments in the India tournament preliminaries has urged more Kenyans to embrace the game especially women.
“One of the girls who should be part of this squad is Hiromi Nzomo, she is a good promising player. We will see how to draft her in other future tournaments,” Ngugi stated.
Imogen Voorspuy who was amazing with her offensive skills admitted that they felt great as a team playing at the original birth place of polo in Manipur.
She stated that it was unity that helped the team to gel and play good polo that won Kenya the prestigious Bombay Stock Exchange trophy, a revered royal wedding prize that was presented to the team by Manipur Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla.
“It was challenging to play with the small Manipur ponies for the first time. They are abit slow compared to the horses we are used to in Kenya.
“We soon adapted and took control of the matches till we emerged champions,” Voorspuy underscored.
While welcoming the team at the JKIA VIP Lounge, Nairobi Polo Club captain, Raphael Nzomo hailed the players saying they gave more than hundred per cent in the India meet.
“We were praying for them to post good results but they went ahead to surprise Kenyans with a glittering trophy. This victory will forever be etched in our minds,” Nzomo underlined.
India tournament semis results
Kenya 9 IPA 3
USA 3 Australia 2
India tournament Finals results
Kenya 5 USA 4