Jaguars stalk Police to save Sharks

By elvince joshua
Nov 17, 2014
  • Green Sharks are relying on Western Jaguars to beat Kenya Police so that they can qualify for the KHU playoffs.(Photo:SNA File)

Green Sharks 'replaced' the then Kisumu Simba in the Kenya Hockey Union which was being played under a new format.

They had a good run until Kisumu Simba were readmitted back to the league but under a new name, Butali Sugar Warriors. With only one match left, Green Sharks now peg their hopes on struggling Western Jaguars to do the near impossible and beat Kenya Police in their last match.

The upset win will knock out the 2013 KHU men's champions, Kenya Police and see Green Sharks qualify for the play off. Green Sharks were hunted by the very team they 'replaced' Butali Sugar Warriors. They lost 0-2 on Sunday at the City Park Stadium.

It is interesting that Butali Sugar Warriors needed only a draw to qualify for the play-offs when they played aganist Green Sharks. They had beaten Western Jaguars 3-1 on Saturday. On Sunday, Butali Sugar Warriors went for maximum points against Green Sharks winning 2-0.

The game started slowly with the teams cautious sending only a few players forward. For the entire first period, the action was concentrated in the midfield. The forwards from both teamshad nothing to show for their sweat except a few missed chances punctuated by boos from the opposing players with frowning faces on the loyal supporters.

Billy ‘Pipa’ Mollah and Frank Wanangwe provided good link for Butali’s defense and attackers with their creative moves and their supremacy in the mid proved costly for Green Sharks who turned to a physical game-earning them three yellow cards.

Only six minutes for Swedish import

Joeren , a Swedish import took only six minutes to give Cliff Okello's side the lead in the 41st minute before Simiyu added a second three minutes later. 

After the weekend matches, Butali Sugar Warriors lead Pool A with 14 points, Green Sharks have 11, one more than Kenya Police who are placed third and have a match at hand. Police are not guaranteed a play off place either and the officers must beat Western Jaguars with at least 3-0 to move above Green Sharks on a goal advantage.

In other matches, Western Jaguars drew 2-2 with Nakuru Sikh while  JKUAT were awarded a walkover against Multimedia University in the women's match. Goal scorers for Nakuru Sikh were Jacob Githinji (22nd minute) and Ken Alumasa (59th). Western Jaguars replied through Kevin Lugalia (3rd) and Arden Ayuku (42nd).

The men's JKUAT team beat Thika Rovers 3-1. Brian Mwangi opened the scores for JKUAT in the 13th minute and Patrick Kimani levelled in the 19th minute for Thika Rovers. Isaac Nandukule scored the second goal for JKUAT in the 59th minute.

Parklands Sports Club and Multimedia University shared the spoils 2-2. Goal scorers for PSC were Jimmy Carter (33rd minute) and Gilbert Oduor (48th). Gilbert Koskei scored a brace for Multimedia University in the 13th and 69th minutes.

Hosts Mombasa Sports Club women's team beat Kenyatta University 4-1.  

Results

Saturday: Park Road Tigers 1 JKUAT 0, Technical University of Kenya 0 Daystar University 2, Western Jaguars 1 Butali Sugar Warriors 3, Mombasa Sports Club 0 USIU-A 3 (women).

Sunday: Mombasa Sports Club 4 Kenyatta University 1 (women), Nakuru Sikh 2 Western Jaguars 2, JKUAT w/o Multimedia University (women), JKUAT 3 Thika Rovers 1, Parklands Sports Club 2 Multimedia University 2.