Senge: Strathmore did not play like champions against Wazalendo

By ronnie evans
May 29, 2017
  • Strathmore University Meshack Senge

Defending champions Strathmore University put in an improved performance despite narrowly losing 0-1 to league leaders Kenya Police in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.

The students put on a more resolute defence‚Äč against the law enforcers to atone for a dreadful display when they lost 2-5 to Wazalendo on Saturday.

Coach Meshack Senge noted the improvement but maintains there is still plenty to do in order to save their season.

“We did not play like champions against Wazalendo and we needed to tighten things at the back because we knew we are going to face a quality attacking side. There were a couple of fresh faces in the team and hopefully they can adapt. We will just have to regroup and put these results behind us,” Senge said.

Strathmore University has now lost three of their last four matches and dropped by one spot to 12th on the log following Nakuru Athletic Club's 1-1 draw at home with Butali Sugar Warriors.

Kenya Police on the other hand continue their dominance at the top with their 10th straight win from 10 matches with 30 points They are 10 points ahead of second placed Green Sharks.

Butali Sugar dropped points for the first time this season and lie third on 19 points.

Police boosted by the return of Saina

In this match, Kenya Police was boosted by the return of defensive midfielder Brian Saina who is their joint top score with six goals.

For all their dominance in this match, Samuel Wokila’s third minute strike from Oliver Echenje’s well taken penalty corner separated the sides.

In the women's Premier League, Vikings registered only their second win of the season as they edged Kenyatta University 2-1.

Dependable Susan Muchai set them on course in the eighth minute when she coolly converted a penalty stroke.

The lead only lasted five minutes as Rehab Nyuthe equalised for the students with a crisp shot from close range.

Sarah Bonareri ensured that Vikings had the final say three minutes from time after being unmarked to break the students’ hearts.

As a result, Vikings moved from 10th to seventh on six points.

In another tie played in Nairobi, Mombasa Sports Club made their long travel from the Coastal town count as they notched their first win of the season in six attempts.

MSC beat University of Nairobi 2-0 courtesy of goals by Laura Kagendo (18th minute) and Iha Kasichana (58th minute).

UoN remain at the bottom of the women's division and are yet to register a single point in six matches.

Weekend results

Saturday: Technical University of Kenya 0 Park Road Badgers 2, Wazalendo 5 Strathmore University 2 - Premier League Men; Mombasa Sports Club 1 Multimedia University 1 - Premier League Women; Park Road Tigers 0 Mvita XI 0 - National League.

Sunday: University of Nairobi 0 Mombasa Sports Club 2, Kenyatta University 1 Vikings 2, United States International University-Africa 2 Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology 0 - Premier League Women; Nakuru Athletic Club 1 Butali Sugar Warriors 1, Strathmore University 0 Kenya Police 1, USIU-A 0 Wazalendo 0 - Premier League Men.