Olal eyes a top-three finish in KHU league

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 05, 2015
  • Lucy Wanjiru of Strathmore University dribbles past Beatrice Mbugua of USIU-A in a past match.

Tom Olal, the United States International University Africa coach is confident his team will finish among the top three in the Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League.

He was reassured after the sudents rallied from 0-2 down at half time to edge out Western Jaguars 3-2 on Sunday at the City Park Stadium.

The win, the seventh in 14 matches moved the Thika Road-based side to a fourth place with 24 points, nine behind leaders Kenya Police. Olal who was left wondering what had hit his side at half time said coming from two goals down was a statement that USIU-A could challenge the top teams.

“We have showed what we can do. The players and the entire techical bench were stunned by the 2-0 margin at half but after pep talk things turned round as the players gave their best,´Olal explained.

“This result has given confidence that we can go all the way to finish in the top three and that is what we will be fighting for,” he added.

Western Jaguars took the lead through Michael Malungu’s field goal in the eighth minute. Malungu was on the mark again two minutes into the break with another field goal.

The second half saw the students come back strongly and the pressure paid off  when Gabriel Temuige made it 2-1 with a run off play goal in the 39th minute. Bill Olang leveled the scores in the 50th minute with a well converted penalty corner.

With a minute to go, USIU-A exerted more pressure. An unmarked Alex Okubasu  beat Ronald Musau in the goal for a 3-2 win for USIU-A.

This was the second loss for Western Jaguars who lost 1-6 to Green Sharks on Saturday.  In this match, Chris Wokila was the star for Green Sharks with a second half hat trick. Leon Magomere and Carl Lungbenge gave Green Sharks a 2-0 lead at half time.

Three minutes in the second half, John Wachira scored the third goal.  Wokila put his name on the score sheet with field goal in the 53rd minute before adding two more goals in the 64th and 66th minutes.

Amos Kibichi scored the consolation goal for Western Jaguars in the 70th minute.

Winless Mombasa Sports Club

In other men's Premier League matches, hosts Mombasa Sports Club lost all their weekend matches. They were beaten 4-3 by Parklands Sports Club and 5-0 by Park Road in Mombasa.

Mvita collected two points from their weekend fixtures after being held to 1-1 draw by visitors Park Road and Parklands. The loss left MSC rooted at the bottom of the table with only two points from 13 matches as Mvita remained 12th with nine points from 12 matches.

In the women's national league, Gilly Okumu scored four goals as Strathmore University Scorpions stung Mount Kenya University (MKU) 11-0 to move back to the second place in the league ahead of Sliders.

Strathmore dominated the entire match and never gave MKU any scoring chances. It was Okumu who broke the deadlock in the third minute with a field goal before adding on the second a minute later from a counter attack.

The third goal came from Laura Gichau who beat three defenders and goalkeeper Shirley Liavuli.  Yvonne Karanja made it a 4-0 at half time.

While, Strathmore wasted no time in getting their offense going in the second half, MKU who are yet to win any match barely threatened.

Without stopping of their goal scoring spree, Strathmore added two more goals in the 37th and 38th minutes through Winnie Ingati and Lucy Wanjiku. Then Angela Mayaka scored a beautiful field goal in the 42nd minute for a comfortable 7-0 lead.

Strathmore added three more goals in three minutes for a 10-0 lead. Okumu scored her third of the day when she once again left the defenders for dead in 45th minute before Ingati completed her brace a minute later off another counter attack.

Okumu made it 10 with his fourth a minute later before Mayaka also got a brace for a 11-0 score with nine minutes of play left.

Strathmore coach Meshack Senge was a happy man after the match saying her players displayed a good game and played to instruction against a ‘low’ side. “We needed to win so as to keep on pushing leader Telkom Orange and the girls just delivered the results we needed. Even though they are ranked low, we had a game plan for them and it just worked,” Senge said.

His MKU counterpart James Wangombe said his players panicked after conceding an early goal. “We once again fell because we never picked up after the early goal. We panicked throughout the match and that is why we played a catch up game which in the end resulted in such a drubbing,” Wangombe said.

Results

Sunday, October 4: Kisumu Youngsters 0 Kimathi 0, MKU 1 Multimedia 3, (men's National League), Western Jaguars 2 USIU-A 3, Mvita 1 Parklands 1, MSC 0 Park Road 5 (men's Premier League);  Saturday, October 5: Kisumu Youngstars 2 Multimedia University 1 (men's national League), Green Sharks 6 Western Jaguars 1, MSC 3 Parklands 4, Mvita 1 Park Road 1 (men's Premier League), Strathmore Scorpions 11 MKU 0 (women's National League).