Oburu strikes KU twice, Butali Sugar edge closer to top

By ronnie evans
May 21, 2017
  • Butali Sugar edged closer to the top of the KHU men's Premier League table after beating Kenyatta University 7-0. (SNA. File Photo)

Red hot striker Seth Oburu was in fine form as his brace guided Butali Sugar Warriors to a comprehensive 7-0 win over Kenyatta University in a Kenya Hockey Union league match at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

Oburu scored his third goal in two matches after also being on target against United States International University - Africa on Friday.

The 2015 league champions are now within touching distance of second placed Green Sharks.

“We set out to narrow the gap on the league leaders in this two matches and we are happy to have done that is such emphatic fashion. We will take a lot of positive notes heading into our next matches,” Butali Sugar coach Godfrey Wakachunga said.

Butali Sugar dominated play and did not look like a side missing the services of influential attackers Zack Aura and Emmanuel Simiyu.

Veteran Arif Shah got a rare start and he played a crucial pass in the build up to Frank Wanangwe’s opener five minutes into the match. Shah doubled the lead a minute later from close range after neat counter attackin

g play. The quick goals in succession broke down the students’ fighting spirit and they were further torn apart in the eighth minute when Oburu created space for himself in the circle to fire past Dennis Barasa in goal.

Substitutes Hannington Otieno and Tony Nyikuri (penalty stroke) scored in the 25th and 26th minute respectively to pile more misery on the students.

Oburu added a fifth goal in the 39th minute before defender Constant Wakhura rounded up the scoring after converting a penalty corner in the 48th minute.

Multimedia salvage a point

In the National League, Moses Ndiema scored a penalty corner with 10 minutes remaining as Multimedia University salvaged a point against Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology in a thrilling university derby.

The draw enabled MMU to move up one place to third tied on seven points with University of Nairobi but remain ahead on basis of a superior goal difference.

In this match, Desantis Ombira opened the scoring the eighth minute before Paul Baraza equalised for JKUAT through a crisp backhand shot by Paul Barasa in the 14th minute.

Baraza was in the field for only two minutes from the bench. The all out attacking nature of the match resulted in gaps being opened at the back.

Bringson Kadenya was uncontested as he turned in the circle to make it 2-1 in favour of MMU. Ten minutes later, Kandie restored parity for the Juja based side.

Kandie was having a field day as he exposed the MMU defence once more to notch his second of the match in the 43rd minute.

JKUAT regained control

JKUAT regained control of the match but an unforced error proved costly. They conceded a penalty corner in the 50th minute and could could not cope with the well worked set piece as Ndiema rifled home to ensure that the spoils were shared.

In the women’s Premier League, Rachael Wangui’s 41st minute penalty corner was the difference as United States International University - Africa defeated Vikings 1-0 to move to fifth on the log.

The students now have nine points while league regulars Vikings suffered their third straight loss.

They remain at the tail end as they have just won one out of their six matches this season.

Results

Saturday: Multimedia University 3 Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology 3, Youngstars 1 Kabarak University 0, Mvita XI 3 Gorilla 1 - National League; Vikings 0 USIU-A 1 - Premier League Women; Strathmore University 0 Chase Sailors 0, Butali Sugar 7 Kenyatta University 0 - Premier League Men.

Fixtures Sunday: Bay Club v Kabarak University (9 a.m., Kisumu), Park Road Tigers v Impala (11 a.m.) - National League; Chase Amira v Kenyatta University (9 a.m.) - Premier League Women; Kenya Police v Sikh Union, Nairobi (1 p.m.), Green Sharks v Nakuru (3 p.m.) - Premier League Men; USIU-A v Sliders (5 a.m.) - Premier League Women.