Discipline and team work ensures Police stay top of KHU league

By ronnie evans
May 14, 2017
  • Titus Kimutai of Kenya Police scores against Western Jaguars. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya Police secured their eighth win of the campaign after comfortably beating Western Jaguars 4-0 on Sunday at the City Park Stadium.

The win saw Kenya Police stretch their lead on top of the Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League.

The law enforcers were already five points clear of second placed Green Sharks heading into the match.

Coach Patrick Mugambi was not keen on laxity by his players because his philosophy dictated seriousness in approach regardless of the opposition.

“My team played really well today and followed the instructions given which is fulfilling to me as a coach. We came here targeting a win. There are still a lot of important matches. We want to keep this winning momentum," Mugambi said.

Kenya Police are top on 24 points from eight wins without dropping a single point.

Mugambi attributed their hot streak to discipline and teamwork.

Notable absentees

On Sunday, captain Oliver Echenje and Moses Cheplaiti was the notable absentees from the squad. Felix Okoth stepped into the starting line up as a result.

In this match, Kenya Police dominated play and appeared dangerous on the counter-attacks as they exposed the Western Jaguars defence at will.

They eventually took the lead in the 17th minute when Amos Barkibirir finished off a swift counter attacking move.

Kenyan international forward Calvins Kanu ended his three-game goal drought when he was on hand to poke home from Okoth’s layoff pass.

Barkibirir added a third in the 37th minute. Martin Agesa in the Kenya Police goal was rarely called into action as a well-oiled defensive display gave him constant protection.

Substitute Vincent Odindo rounded up the scoring in the 43rd minute.

“They were gave us little space to press them and we eventually conceded the first goal. We struggled to recover but at least we will go back with a point on our travels which is better than -how we performed last year,” Western Jaguars player-coach Mike Malungu said.

In another tie, Butali Sugar moved to third on 12 points from sixth after a hard fought 4-2 win over Sikh Union, Nairobi.

It was only their fourth match of the season due to irregular fixtures released by KHU.

Wakachunga made few adjustments

In this match, Butali Sugar coach Godfrey Wakachunga made a few adjustments to the squad that scraped past Wazalendo 2-1 last weekend.

Striker Emmanuel Simiyu who had some disciplinary issues in that match was left out of the squad with Tony Nyikuri coming back into the side. Evanson Ngoya was called upon to start in goal for Pius Ratori.

Defender Said Okwemba who had a poor game against Wazalendo opened the scoring when he unleashed a piledriver from Zack Aura’s penalty corner to settle the nerves after they dictated play for majority of the first half.

Aura doubled their lead with an angled shot six minutes later after weaving his way past the Sikh Union defence.

Shabaz Ali reduced the deficit when he coolly beat Ngoya from a penalty stroke in the 40th minute.

Further goals by Frank Wanangwe (49th minute) and Vincent Odhiambo (59th minute) set the 2015 champions on cruise control.

Willy Otieno squeezed a late goal for Sikh Union with virtually the last touch of the ball but it was a case of too little too late.

Strathmore edge out Sliders

In the women’s Premier League Denise Odongo and captain Yvonne Karanja were on target as Strathmore University came from a goal down to narrowly edge Sliders 2-1.

The win moved the students to second on the log on 13 points, five behind Telkom Orange.

June Kangogo opened the scoring in the 17th minute after squeezing the ball past Ivin Onyango at the far post. The youthful Strathmore University side pressed for an equaliser with a few half chances missed.

They equalised in the 27th minute after Odongo’s lovely link up play with Karanja. She hit a crisp shot at the turn that rifled into the net.

The turnaround was completed in the 37th minute when Karanja, who was influential in midfield controlled Elizabeth Ngombo’s well taken penalty corner before firing past Catherine Opicha in goal.

The students missed the services of lethal Gilly Okumu who remained sidelined with a knee injury.

Results

Sunday: Kenya Police 4 Western Jaguars 0, Sikh Union, Nairobi 2 Butali Sugar Warriors 4, Kenya College of Accountancy-University 2 Technical University of Kenya 0 - Premier League Men; Multimedia University 2 Youngstars 1 - National League; Strathmore University 2 Sliders 1 - Premier League Women.

Saturday: Vikings 0 Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology 1 - Premier League Women; Wazalendo Youth 1 Youngstars 2 - National League; Strathmore University 0 USIU-A 0, Chase Sailors 2 Western Jaguars 2 - Premier League Men.