Butali Sugar drop four points

By elvince joshua
Nov 10, 2014
  • Kenya Police drew with Butali Warriors. (SNA File Photo)

Visiting Butali Sugar Warriors dropped points for the first time this weekend in the Kenya Hockey Union men's premier league when they were held to two draws by reigning champions, Kenya Police and United States International University-Africa (USIU-A).

The draw slowed Butali Warriors' chances of progressing to the national playoffs. Green Sharks lead this Pool A with 11 points.

Frank Wanangwe took his goal tally to three when he scored in both matches but his superb form could not help his side from the cage of draws. Wanangwe was the first to draw blood for Butali, formerly Kisumu Simba in the 23rd minute.

Brian Saina canceled his celebration just three minutes later with a field goal tfor a 1-1 score at halfftime.

On resumption, William Oketch took Butali ahead on the 54th minute but Saina, who was in  fine form responded immediately and canceled the lead in the 56th minute.

Vincent Odhiambo was then called to tuak when he extended Butali's lead three minutes to the buzzer but Kenya Police, not ready to lose the match replied through Francis Eshikuri who pulled the trigger and scored from a penalty corner with the last play.

In this match Brian Musasia, a former Strathmore University midfield was making his debut for Kenya Police after almost two years of transfer wars between his former club and the new suitors which also included Nairobi Simba.

“They (Police) paid the transfer fee last week and am so happy to have completed the move,” Musasia, told Sportsnewsarena.com at the City Park Stadium after helping his side take their points tally to 10,

Police's second last match

This was Police’s second last match while Butali Warriors are still fourth on eight points same as USIU-A whom they are tying with on goal difference . Both teams have scored eight goals.

In another match, Wanangwe, elder brother to (Davis) Wanangwe of Butali canceled USIU-A lead in the 34th minute after the students went ahead with only 29 minutes of play in the first half through Isaac Kamau.

Odhiambo then extended Butali 'slead in the 52nd minute but the Lake side’s celebration was cut just five minutes after John Kabuu wasted no chance to convert a penalty stroke with 11 minutes to go.

Kenya Police will play Western Jaguars next in a match that was called off just after 15 minutes played while Butali still has to face Western Jaguars and Green Sharks .

Nairobi Simba cemented their place in the play off when they took their point tally to 18 in the premier league pool B with a 7-2 humbling over Homa Bay.

Thika Rovers lost their second straight match of the weekend after a 7-2 rout by Kabarak University. They were beaten 6-1 by Multimedia University on Saturday.