Kaunda believes Police can still win league

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 14, 2016
  • Kaunda is confident Kenya Police still have a chance to win the KHU men's Premier League.

Kenya Police coach Kenneth Kaunda believes his team can still win the Kenya Hockey Premier league title, despite being separated by five points from second-placed Butali Sugar Warriors who have three matches in hand.

After beating United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) 2-0 in a league match at the City Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Police increased their points tally to 51 from 20 matches. Butali who have not been in action for the last three weeks have 46 points from 17 matches.

Kaunda remains hopeful his are still in the title race. “We can still do it. We have eight matches to play and it’s critical we get as much out of those games as we can,” said Kaunda. Kaunda said their draw to Mombasa Sports Club was a big blow in their title quest but is happy his players have that result behind and the team is taking it each match at a time.

Goals in each half by Victor Wekesa and Samuel Wokila were enough to steer Police to their 16th win of the season.

In this match, it was the policemen who finally capitalised on their chances in the 32nd minute when Wekesa scored after he was fed by Richard Birir from a counter attack. USIU-A had their chances which included four penalty corners, two of which came in the last three minutes of the first half, but did not convert.

Fierce drag flick

Police sealed the match in the 44th minute when Wokila scored with a fierce drag flick.

In another match, Festus Onyango scored a hat trick to lead Strathmore University Gladiators to a 5-1 over Kenyatta University. Strathmore took the lead in the 15th minute through a penalty stroke by Derrick Kuloba.

Kenyatta University leveled the scores nine minutes later when Matthew Pompo scored from a short corner. Onyango put his name on the scoring sheet three minutes later by scoring a field goal.

He was on target five minutes into the second half with another field goal to make it 3-1. Kuloba completed his harrtick by scoring from a penalty forner to extend the lead 4-1.

Job Ogaso scored the final goal for Strathmore in the 56th minute. The win lifted Strathmore three places up to the third spot. They have 33 points from 20 matches.

In the women’s league action, Lorraine Nondi’s second half goal was enough to hand USIU-A 1-0 win over Strathmore University Scorpion.

Results

Saturday: USIU-A 1 Strathmore University Scorpions 0 (women), Kenya Police 2 USIU-A 0, Strathmore University Gladiators 5 Kenyatta University 1.