Sikh Union Nairobi, winners of MR D'Souza Gold Cup 1959. Pritam is standing 2nd from left.

Pritam Sandhu


Pritam Singh Sandhu

 Date and place of Birth 21.12.1931 in Mwanza, Tanganyika
 Club Sikh Union Nairobi
 Playing position Inside left
 First international (Kenya) 20.09.1958 v England in Nairobi, Kenya
 Olympic Games (Player) Rome 1960
 Olympic Games (Manager) Los Angeles 1984
 Chairman KHU 1988 - 1992


Olympic Games






 Rome 1960 29.08.1960 Group C

 Kenya 1 - Germany 0


 Rome 1960 05.09.1960 Quarter - finals Kenya 1 - Great Britain 2


 Rome 1960 10.09.1960 class 5 - 8 replay Kenya 1 - Australia 2



Pritam Singh Sandhu was born in Mwanza in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) and started his playing career in Dar-es-Salaam with Khalsa Sports Club. He captained the Khalsa team which won the MR D'Souza Gold Cup in Nairobi in 1954.

He started playing representing hockey for Tanganyika at the age of 17 and played against the touring Indian team led by Dhyan Chand.

He moved to Kenya in 1957 and played for Sikh Union Nairobi.

He scored two goals on his debut for Kenya against England in Nairobi in 1958 and scored 105 goals in 1958/9 season, a Kenya scoring record at the time.

He captained Kenya Hockey Union team against South African Universities in 1960 and went on to represent Kenya at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games.

In 1964 he moved to Mombasa and played for Old Allidinians and then for Sikh Union Mombasa. He also played for the Coast X1, captaining the team against Pakistan touring team in 1965 and India in 1968. Pritam was the secretary of Coast Hockey Association.

He moved back to Nairobi in 1971 and played for Sikh Union Nairobi. He also played for Impala Club Nairobi and was the first Asian to captain the club.

After retiring from playing, Pritam became the Treasurer of Kenya Hockey Union and the secretary of Nairobi Hockey Association. He was the Chairman of Kenya Hockey Union from 1988 to 1992.

He held many Managerial posts with the Kenya team and was the Team Manager at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. He later took up Golf and became the Chairman of the Royal Nairobi Golf Club.

Sadly Pritam was shot dead by robbers at his home in Nairobi, Kenya on 19 March 1999, aged 68.