Kuira strikes thrice against Kenyatta University

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 14, 2017
  • Rhoda Kuira scored three goals against Kenyatta University in a KHU women's Premier League match at the City Park Stadium. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenyan forward Rhoda Kuira was the toss of the United States International University – Africa (USIU-A) women's hockey team as they beat Kenyatta University 3-0 in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League match at the City Park stadium reports Alvin Wesonga.

After losing 0-10 to champions Telkom in their last match, USIU-A bounced back to beat the Thika-road based rivals Kenyatta University.

USIU-A attacked relentlessly in the first quarter but were denied by Daisy Odera, the Kenyatta University goalkeeper. She denied Sandra Vodoti a scoring opportunity in the 12th minute from a penalty corner set-piece.

But, Odera's efforts was not helped by a weak Kenyatta University midfield which appeared overwhelmed by the superb build ups by Vodoti and Beatrice Mbugua.

Vodoti came close again in the closing minutes of the first quarter but Odera was up to the task.

In the second quarter, Kenyatta University squandered scoring chances with Patricia Luvale the main culprit.

A costly mistake by KU resulted in the first goal when Kuira scored in the 42nd minute after deflecting a Mbugua shot.

The Kenyatta University porous backline was overwhelmed by the talismanic Kuira who added two goals in a space of two minutes in the 50th and 52nd minutes.

After the match Kenyatta University coach Moses Kagochi said most of his players resumed training a few days before the match.

“They have improved their play. The problem was in the last quarter, a case of endurance something we are going to work on,” said Kagochi. He added that his team only needs to work on confidence of players and patience.  

Olympia Chepchumba the Kenyatta University skipper identified their poor level of fitness compared to their opponents as another gray area. “We will work on our fitness and I believe we will do better in the coming matches,” said Chepchumba.

USIU-A coach John Kabuu commended his team’s performance also citing an issue of fitness due to the holidays. “I am impressed with the girls’ performance but they are very unfit,” said Kabuu.

The tactician said he needs to mainly focus on the fitness level of his team before their next match against Multimedia University.

Wednesday results

Premier League women: USIU-A 3 Kenyatta University 0.