Park Road target early goals against Nakuru

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 16, 2015
  • Parkroad's Gilbert Lang'at(centre) in a past league action.(Photo by Shuttrspeed)

Park Road coach Cyrus Kanyi has asked his players to go for early goals when they take on Nakuru in their first match of their two Kenya Hockey Union fixtures this weekend.

Kanyi said scoring early goals would ease pressure on them ahead of their second match against Green Sharks on Sunday.

Park Road have had a good start this season winning three and drawing one of their six matches and are placed seventh with 10 points. Two wins in their weekend fixtures will see them topple Sikh Union who are fourth with 12 points from nine matches.

“I have asked the players to go for early goals in the first match. If we manage to do that, we will ease pressure on the players and we will not tire ourselves and will get into the next match against Green Sharks with some energy in us.

But if we let them score we will be doing the chasing and in the end we will tire ourselves and end this will affect our chances in the next match,” Kanyi said.

Kanyi acnowledged playing the two teams who have lost their previous matches will be tought.  

“The two sides lost their last league matches and will not be taking things easy. They will come hard on us. We will have to be at our best and make sure we stay focused throughout the game,” Kanyi said. 

Nakuru are 13th in the 15-teams table with six points from same number of matches.

Green Sharks not consistent

Things have not been rosy for Nixon Nyangaga’s Green Sharks. They have not been consistent but Nyanganga is optimistic they can bounce back in the two fixtures. “We haven’t been playing well of late but I am confident this weekend the boys will put on a good show.

We need to get going and I am looking at winning this weekend matches. If we happen to do that, we will get the rhythm that will see us through the remainder of the season,” Nyanganga said.

Before taking on Park Road, Green Sharks will battle it out with Kenyatta University on Saturday. The two teams are separated by only two points in the ninth and tenth position.

Another match on Sunday will see second-placed Kenya Police take on Nakuru.

In the women's league, Mount Kenya University (MKU) will be searching for their maiden win  when they take on Kenyatta University. Things haven’t been good for MKU who have lost all their three league matches with huge margins and are second from bottom with no point.

Two weeks ago they soaked in 22 goals from league champions Telkom Orange. It will be interesting to see how they will perform against KU who are sixth on the log with six points from five matches.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) who have conceded 20 goals in three matches will have a chance to make amends on their poor run when they take on United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) in the second match.

Fixtures Saturday, July 18: MKU v Kenyatta University - Women (9 a.m.) Kisumu Youngstars v Technical University- National (11 a.m.), Park Road v Nakuru - Premier (1 p.m.), Kenyatta University v Green Sharks - Premier (3 p.m.); Sunday, July 19: JKUAT v USIU-A- Women (9 a.m.), Kisumu Youngstars v MKU - National (11 a.m.), Kenya Police v Nakuru- Premier (1 p.m.), Park Road v Green Sharks - Premier (3 p.m.). All matches to be played at City Park Stadium.