Butali Sugar unhappy with the league's inconsistency

By ronnie evans
May 05, 2017
  • Butali Sugar players warm up before a past league match. The team is unhappy with the lack of play.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Butali Sugar coach Godfrey Wakachunga has qualms about the few matches his team has played and views it as a setback ahead of their Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match against Wazalendo at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.

KHU in the past month has been restructuring the league and fixtures to ensure consistency.

There have been gaps in communication with teams from Mombasa forfeiting matches. Butali Sugar, the 2015 league champions for instance, has only played two matches this season with their last competitive action being the 3-1 win over defending champions Strathmore University on April 16.

This predicament has sucked the momentum out of Wakachunga’s team.

“Of course you require a string of matches to build momentum. If you look at our schedule this season then it is like we have played one match in a month and that has affected us. At least there is change expected because we will now play one match every week after facing Wazalendo and hopefully we can catch up with the league leaders,” Wakachunga explained.

Wazalendo are third on the log with 10 points after three wins from four matches.

They only dropped points in their opening match of the season, a 2-2 draw against Green Sharks. Wakachunga is wary of this rich form but admits they may not be at their 100% heading into the tie.

“Basically we have tried to ensure that we are in top shape in our physical fitness. This is because when you do not play matches regularly then you are in danger of losing shape and being outplayed.”

Dynamic Derrick Kuloba is set to miss out for Butali Sugar due to illness.

Veteran midfielder Asif Shah is available again according to the coach. Shah was dropped in the last match against Strathmore University for tactical reasons as Wakachunga opted for pace.

University derby 

In the women’s Premier League, Kenyatta University is set for another derby in just a week when they face last season’s runners up Strathmore University.

Kenyatta University beat fellow students Multimedia University 2-0 last weekend and coach Simon Mwangi believes only a more clinical performance will help them prevail.

“They are a top side with good offensive players. What matters most is the goals so we want to utilise set pieces and break down their play. If we cut their distribution at the midfield then we will be able to contain them,” he said.

Strathmore University coach Meshack Senge could not be reached for comment but Sports News Arena has reliably learnt that striker Gilly Okumu could again miss out through a knee injury that has rocked her in the last few weeks. Okumu was absent during the student's’ last assignment where they drew 1-1 with Chase Amira on Monday.

The team was sluggish offensively without their star player. They are fifth on the log with seven points after two wins, a draw and one loss.

Weekend fixtures -All matches at City Park Stadium

Saturday: University of Nairobi v Chase Amira (12 noon)-Premier League Women; Kenya College of Accountancy-University v Sikh Union,Nairobi (2 p.m.), Chase Sailors v Park Road Badgers (4 p.m.)-Premier League Men

Sunday: Kenyatta University v Strathmore University (11 a.m.)-Premier League Women;Technical University of Kenya v Kenyatta University (1 p.m.), Butali Sugar Warriors v Wazalendo (3 p.m.)-Premier League Men