'Giant Killers' Strathmore face Butali test

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 04, 2016
  • Three top teams Kenya Police, Butali Sugar Warriors and Wazalendo have a chance to lift the Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League title. Butali face Strathmore University on Saturday.

Strathmore University Gladiators aim to maintain its good run against top sides in the Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League when face Butali Sugar Warriors, who are the defending champions, at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

Strathmore have been able to put on a good show against top sides, a performance that has earned them the title of ‘giant killers’. They have picked up four points against second-placed Kenya Police and beat third-placed Wazalendo in both legs.

With this tag, hockey fans and other title contenders among them Police and Wazalendo hope they can apply a brake will be on Butali’s surge to the title.

From 19 matches, Butali have 52 points-two behind leaders Police who have played 21 matches. A draw or a loss to the students will be a game changer.

“Strathmore have proved to be a side that does not fear anyone. They have been consistent against big sides. As a team we know what the stakes in this match and so we will have to be vigil throughout the 70 minutes if we are to continue with our current form" Butali coach Cliff Okello said.

If Butali loses, then Police will have a chance of winning the league considering the two sides are yet to meet in the second round.

The recent outcomes of meetings between the two sides favor Butali and with 19 points separating the two. Despite the difference, midfielder Brian Musasia who will be making a comeback in the team after missing their last weekend matches has urged his team to play with greater consistency.

"Now we've just got to stay consistent," Musasia said. "This is the last stretch of our campaign. And we know that if we drop points it's going to be challenging. We've got to keep doing what we're doing and pick up the results against each team."

Strathmore will bank on the under-21 duo of Dominic Kuloba and Simon Karanja to stop Butali who last week collected maximum points against Mvita and Mombasa Sports Club.

Other players that coach Meshack Senge will be banking on include Constant Wakhura and Clayson Luvanda.

Police, the league leaders are up against an unpredictabe Nairobi Sikh Union. Twenty three points separate the two sides.

Fixtures

Saturday March 5: Strathmore vs MKU- women (2 p.m.), Butali Sugar Warriors vs Strathmore University (4 p.m.), Green Sharks vs Wazalendo (6 p.m.), Nakuru vs Parklands-Men Premier (2 p.m in Nakuru) - men's Premier League.

Sunday, March 6: Vikings vs Kenya University- women (9 a.m), Chase vs Daystar University- National league (11 a.m.), Kenya Police vs Sikh Union- Men Premier (1 p.m.), Kenyatta University vs USIU-A- Men Premier (3 p.m.) All matches at City Park Stadium.