Champs Telkom Orange at full strength against JKUAT

By ronnie evans
Jun 01, 2017
  • Telkom Orange have kept a clean sheet and face JKUAT on Sunday after a formality 8-0 win over Sliders on Wednesday. (SNA. File Photo)

Defending champions Telkom Orange will be at full strength when they face Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology on Sunday in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League match.

This is because a few squad players have recovered from injuries. Amonth these are dependable attacking midfielder Lilian Aura and forward Audrey Omaido who missed their last few matches because of knee injuries.

They returned to action on Wednesday and inspired the record 19-time champions to a routine win over Sliders where Omaido scored two goals and an assist as Telkom Orange comfortably won 8-0.

The win saw the champions stretch their lead at the summit with 21 points after their seventh consecutive win from seven matches.

Coach Jos Openda has his sights set on maintaining that momentum. 

“The team coped well with the few injuries that we had. Everyone is fit and ready. We do not want to underrate them but we always remain confident of beating any team. We are still on course to finish this season without conceding a goal,” the bold Openda said.

Openda who has been absent from the touchline this season said he believes in all his players and will not shy away of rotating the starting squad as seen in the match against Sliders.

Caroline Guchu and Tracy Karanja were starters in that match. They took the place of Rachel and Betsy Ommala.

First choice goalkeeper Cynthia Onyango has also at times been rested for the able Ruth Njoki.

Scintillating form

Their current form is scintillating. They have scored 44 goals without reply so far.

Emma Aroni will start in goal for a fifth-placed JKUAT team that has just lost one of their seven matches this campaign according to tactician Sammy Oungo.

The students are on 12 points with three wins under their belt which is more than their overall haul of last season.

Oungo conceded that his youthful side will be underdogs against the more experienced Telkom Orange players will approach the match with a defensive mentality.

In the men’s Premier League, Green Sharks and Butali Sugar Warriors have the chance to cut down runaway leaders Kenya Police’s lead to single digits as the law enforcers will not be in action this weekend.

Green Sharks are placed second on 20 points, which is 10 less than Kenya Police. Butali Sugar are third on 19 points.

Green Sharks, who finished fourth last season, will tackle United States International University-Africa in a match coach Ben Owaga will approach cautiously.

“They have struggled a bit in their matches but they are also able to play well and cause problems. We want to press hard from the start and hopefully put away our chances because that has been an issue for us for most of our matches,” Owaga said.

Fixtures (Venue is City Park Stadium unless stated)

Saturday: Vikings v Multimedia University (12 p.m.), Chase Amira v USIU-A (2 p.m.), Mombasa Sports Club v Strathmore University (3 p.m, Mombasa) - Premier League, Women; Youngstars v University of Nairobi (3 p.m, Kisumu) - National League; Nakuru v Sikh Union, Nairobi (2.30 p.m, Nakuru), Western Jaguars v Kenyatta University (2.30 p.m, Kakamega), Butali Warriors v Park Road Badgers (4 p.m.), Green Sharks v USIU-A (4 p.m.) - Premier, League, Men.

Sunday: Bay Club v UoN (9 a.m, Kisumu), Wazalendo Youth v Multimedia University (5 p.m.) – National League; Telkom Orange v Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (9 a.m.), Kenyatta University v Sliders (11 a.m.) - Premier League, Women; Sikh Union, Nairobi v Parklands Sports Club (1 p.m.), Kenya College of Accountancy-University v Wazalendo (3 p.m.).