Police Start Title Defence Against Wazalendo

Mar 30, 2012
  • Kenya Police open their cup defence against Wazalando,Saturday.(Photo:File)

After a three months break, the Kenya Hockey Union KHU league resumes this weekend and team Is ready to drop a point in the first match.

Kenya Police, the men’s premier league defending champion, will open their title defence against Wazalendo under floodlits at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

“We know that teams recruited players during the transfers window and considering that we will be playing a one league format, that will be like a final but we’ll take every games as it come,” said Tom Ondeng’, Kenya Police team manager.

Ondeng’ whose side lifted the United States International University - Africa, (USIU-A) memorial tournament last week said the squad is psyched adding that the coach’s headache will be choosing the first 11 from a pool that includes new recruits Victor Wekesa, Christopher Okila and Collins Amayi to the squad.

Even as the officers go all out with their guns blazing to defend the title they narrowly won on the final day of the KHU league last season, Police are not underrating any team and Ondeng’ singled out their first opponent, Wazalendo, Kisumu Simba , Mombasa Simba and former champions, Strathmore University as the favourite title contenders this season.

 “We have a good squad yes, but teams like Kisumu, Wazalendo, Strathmore and Mombasa Simba also signed good players and I think they are equally good title challengers. The league will surely be tough but our main aim is to defend the title,” added the team manager.

City Park stadium will be a beehive of activities on Saturday when the teams assemble for the new season with national women champions, Telkom Orange welcoming Vikings at 2.00pm in the first match of the 2012 season.

Telkom Orange who finished unbeaten last season will be hoping to continue the good run they had last year but Vikings has vowed to end the record when the two sides meet.

University side, Multimedia, making their second year appearance in the national men’s league will welcome Nairobi Gymkhana at 4.00pm but the captain of the side, Geoffrey Asila does not think the side has the capacity to stop Gymkhana as the George Jalango’s tutelage side are missing the services of a number of players who are currently on a long holiday.

Multimedia finished fifth last season but the captain believes they will move up the rank by the end of the season adding that most players will need time to get used to the artificial turf.

“Most of our players who’ve not played at the City Park stadium. They will need time and I think by the mid season they’ll pick up. We want to improve on our last position,” said Asila.

Western Jaguars will take a short trip to the Lakeside to take on Kisumu Simba. The match will start at 3.00pm under the scorching sun currently experienced in Kisumu.

On Sunday, three premier league matches are on the card. Wazalendo play their second match against Karate Axiom as Nairobi Simba hosts Greensharks.

It will be an all Mombasa affair when Mombasa Sports Club hosts Mvita XI in the other premier league match. In the national men’s league, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) plays Daystar in the University while Blue Eaglets welcome Sliders in the women’s league.

 

Elvince Joshua

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