Leading national men’s hockey league champions, Union Bank Hockey Club of Lagos, participated at the 2016 National Super league, which held from July 23 to 30, 2016 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The team scored a silver medal at the championship with 13 points and five goals aggregate.
Union Bank was the only South West team that battled for the title against teams from Yobe, Borno, Kaduna, Niger and Plateau States and the Police Machine in the National Super League.
The team’s goalkeeper, Yemi Siyanbola, was given the best goalkeeper award (Male) of the tournament, while eight players from the team have been called upon to join the National Hockey team for the World Hockey League Round 1 comprising Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Namibia.
The round one of the 2016/2017 World Hockey league will be holding from September 7 to 11, 2016 in Accra, Ghana.
Union Bank’s Head Coach, Tunde Odedokun, was appointed the chief coach for the National team at the 2016/2017 World Hockey League in Ghana, with the Assistant Coach as Freeman Ekundayo, who will be the goalkeeper.
The Union Bank hockey team will also be representing Nigeria at this year’s African Cup for Club championship, which will be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Commending the team on its performance, the Head Corporate Affairs and Communications of Union Bank, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, said: “The Union Bank team is focused on putting Nigeria on the global hockey map so we are very proud of the team’s performance at the National championship and the several doors it has opened for us. We are glad that our players completed the league without sustaining any major injury. We hope that the successes of the team encourages the rest of Nigeria to support the growth of the sport.”