KHU League breaks to Pave Way For National Team Training

Jul 27, 2011

The three Kenya Hockey Union leagues take a break this weekend to pave way for the national team training and friendly matches.

The team trains on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm at the City Park Stadium where they will play build up matches against select and club sides as they prepare for the All Africa Games in September. Only the league match between Mombasa Institute and Daystar University will be played.

In the men’s Premier League, Strathmore University who did not have a match at the weekend still lead the 12-team league with 20 points from eight matches. Nairobi Simba are second on 16 points, one ahead of Green Sharks. Completing the top five are Kenya Police (14 points) and United States International University - Africa (10).

At the other end of the table is Park Road with only one point and Mvita XI on four points. Returnees Karate Axiom have six points.

Nakuru are the National league leaders with 14 points from seven matches but are feeling the heat from debutants Kenya Navy who have 13 points from five matches. KImathi University, Parlkands Sports Club, Mombasa Sports Club and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agirculture and Technology each have 10 points.

The women’s league is already decided and the fight is only for the runners-up. Strathmore University are currently second to Telkom Orange with USIU-A third. Sliders are inching their way to the top. They have six points from five matches while Vikings have four. Daystar University have joined the fray.

Results:Sunday Nairobi Gymkhana 5 National Youth Service 0 Mombasa Sports Club 1 Nakuru 5

The tables were turned on Sunday for Mombasa Sports Club who appeared to have been drained from playing JKUAT on Saturday. They were beaten 5-1 by Nakuru. But the coastal side held on until in the 33rd minute before allowing Ali Musa to score and Kenneth Alumasa added the second one minute later for a 2-0 lead at half time. Jared Omwelo pulled one back for MSC in the 37th minute but this only rekindled the flame on the Nakuru stove wo replied with a goal by Harminder Singh in the 43rd minute. Barnabas Odhiambo, back from a stint in Italy wrapped the scoring spree with a brace in the 45th and 63rd minutes.

Nairobi Simba 3 USIU-A 0

Nairobi Simba consolidated their second spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over the United States International University - Africa with a 3-0 win on Sunday. Jaspreet Kalsi scored a goal in a two-minute blitz (47th and 49th) and Firoz Sultan added the third in the 65th minute. Nairobi Simba now have 16 points from eight matches. They are four points adrift from league leaders and defending champions Strathmore University

Saturday:Mombasa Sports Club 3 JKUAT 2

Titus Mulwa scored a hattrick as MSC edged out Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 3-2 in Mombasa. It was the students who went ahead in the 13th minute through Peter Njorogo but Mulwa levelled in the 16th minute before scoring the second in the 33rd minute as the hosts led 2-1 at the break. On resumption, Gilbert Langat levelled for JKUAT in the 58th minute but Mulwa scored his third in the 65th minute to help steer MSC to the fifth spot in the 13-team league. Both teams have 10 points each with MSC having a better goal aggregate.

Kenya Navy 3 Nakuru 2

Former Premier League side, Nakuru lost their first match but not the top spot in the national league going down 2-3 to debutants Kenya Navy. It was Zack Aura who honed his skills at Nakuru who scored all the three goals for Kenya navy which is a good mix of players from the former Armed Forces side. Aura who has had a stint of playing in Italy and was sad to be headed for Kisumu Simba opened the scores in the second minute before Ali Musda drew level for Nakuru seven minutes later. Aura appeared to have settled the win for Kenya Navy with goals in the 14th and 33rd minutes but veteran Andrew-Jean Louis showed his former pupil that age is just a number by pulling one back for Nakuru in the 66th minute.

Telkom Orange 4 Mombasa Sports Club 2

Telkom Orange could well be given the trophy because they are unbeatable in the seven-team league. Perhaps they underrated the fighting spirit in Mombasa Sports Club who became the first team to ever score against Telkom Orange in the league! The rare feat was achieved by Esther Mwikali in the 32nd minute and Farida Hamisi in the 49th. Although the two goals showed that Telkom Orange were vulnerable against a determined side, they still convincingly won 4-2. Margaret Rotich and Jackline Jow scored a brace each in the 14th and 21st minutes while Jow scored in the second half sounding the boards in the 53rd and 66th minutes.


Eric Odanga

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