Patrick Mugambi, the Kenya Police assistant coach is preoccupied with how to penetrate a solid Parklands Sports Club defense when the two teams meet in a Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match on Saturday.
Although he is optimistic Kenya Police will continue with their good form, Mugambi identified the defense as a key area.
"“It is going to be a tough match because Parklands defend in numbers and are generally solid at the back. They are a good team. We want to penetrate that defence and use our chances well," Mugambi stated.
He added: "I am not particularly interested with the number of goals we score."
Mugambi will take charge in the absence of Ken Kaunda who is unwell. The 2013 league champions could have a solid side because there are no injuries and Mugambi remained tight lipped on his squad selection.
Kenya Police have won all their three matches this season. Two weeks ago, they narrowly beat Green Sharks 1-0.
PSC have just one point from their opening three matches. They lost 2-3 to Western Jaguars and held Strathmore University, the defending champions to a barren draw. They lost 0-2 to Chase Sailors in their most recent match.
Kamal Singh, the PSC coach admitted Kenya Police are a top side. "We will have to maintain our concentration throughout the match. Our strategy is to catch them on fast breaks and slow down their build up play because they are very good going forward.”
Vikings face an acid test against Telkom Orange
In the women’s league Vikings face an acid test against Telkom Orange, the defending champions. Last season, they conceded ony three goals against the overly ruthless Telkom Orange.
Mary Aran, the Vikings team manager acknowledged her team can surprise Telkom Orange. “They have very good players. We showed them last season that we were no pushovers. That is the same mentality that we would like in this match with. We aim to contain them in midfield.”
Vikings have some injuries to worry about ahead of this tie. Dependable defender Carol Okoth was injured in their previous match against Sliders on Monday which they won 2-1. Also doubtful is Bancy Wawira who sustained a head injury in the same match.
In their other two previous fixtures this season, they heavily lost 0-5 to Strathmore University and 0-4 to Chase Amira (0-4).
Their opponets, Telkom Orange have won four matches and appear unstoppable this early in the season. They overran the University of Nairobi 11-0 in their last assignment.
Their only injury doubt is that of key midfielder Lilian Aura who sprained her ankle last weekend during a match against Strathmore University.
Saturday: Green Sharks v KCA-U (12 noon), Kenya Police v Parklands Sports Club (2 p.m.) - Premier League Men; Sliders v Mombasa Sports Club (4 p.m.) - Premier League Women; Park Road Tigers v Mombasa West (6 p.m.) - National League.
Sunday: Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology v Mombasa Sports Club (9 a.m.), Telkom Orange v Vikings (1 p.m.) - Premier League Women; Gorilla v Mombasa West (11 a.m.), Wazalendo Masters v Daystar University (5 p.m.) - National League; Kenyatta University v Technical University of Kenya (3 p.m.) - Premier League Men.