Tough start for Strathmore University as they face Butali in the second leg

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 01, 2017
  • Butali Sugar and Kenya Police dictated the pace in the KHU men's Premier League in the first leg. Butali begin the second leg by hosting champions Strathmore University. (SNA. File Photo)

Strathmore University, the defending Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League champions begin the second leg by facing second-placed Butali Sugar at the City Park Stadium on Saturday reports Alvin Wesonga.

The match will bring memories of the 2016 men’s Premier League final. The last time the two sides met, Butali won 3-1 on April 16, 2017 in the first leg.

Meshack Senge, the Strathmore University coach has remained tight-lipped. In previous interviews he said this was a building phase for his team.

He comes up against a solid Butali side coached by Godfrey Wakachunga who are hot on the heels of Kenya Police who head the standing. 

In another match, third-placed Green Sharks appear to have an easy start by playing against bottom-placed Technical University of Kenya (TUK). The students had a dismal first leg where they collected four points.

Ben Owaga, the Green Sharks coach believes they could have done better in the first leg.

"The league is usually determined three quarter way in the first leg. We endeavor to pile more pressure on the league leaders," Owaga stated.

In the second leg, Owaga intends to avoid complacency by his players. "Our expectation in the second leg is to win games in the first two quarters. We respect TUK. They are a good team. But that doesn't mean we fear them."

Dismal performance

Kenyatta University coach Simon Mwangi, defended his side's dismal performance in the first leg."

"Our main challenge during this campaign was to get players available for both training and matches during this long vacation but that's something we will need to sort out internally,” said Mwangi whose team will take on Chase Sailors this weekend.

He anticipated the second leg will be tougher because the teams now know one another better. "We will continue working hard. There are a lot of games to be played and i believe we can finish in the top half of the table."

In the women's Premier League, Strathmore University renew rivalry with leaders Telkom Orange.

The action continues after a one-month break since July 29 when the last matches were played.

The first leg of the mens' Premier league saw disappointing performances from many teams including champions Strathmore University who have 16 points, which is 24 behind league leaders Kenya Police.

Strathmore University have only four wins but are expected to redeem themselves in the second leg as they continue the campaign in the second leg.

Another disappointing performance in the first leg was vy Chase Sailors. The bankers who boast  of top players won three matches and have 13 points.

On the other hand the first leg saw amazing performances from league leaders Kenya Police who are unbeaten with 13 wins and one draw.

In the women's' Premier League, champions and league leaders Telkom did not disappoint. The continental champions have a large goal difference of 70 goals with 30 points, five points clear of second-placed USIU-A.

Mixed results for Sliders

It was a disappointing first leg for Sliders. They are who seventh on the league table with 11 points.

Sliders who participated in the 2016 Africa Cup of Club Championships alongside Telkom had mixed results in the first leg.

According to Wycliffe Ongori the KHU Assistant Match and Fixtures Secretary, the first leg was a success.

This is because nearly all the matches ended on time after the KHU adopted a new format of play where the teams played in four quarters of 15 minutes with two minutes of break between the quarters as opposed to the previous format of two halves of 35 minutes each.

The main challenge faced was teams took time to adopt the strict match start times as the matches.

Another challenge faced by the league administrators was various teams had match postponement requests some genuine others not genuine.

"We expect very competitive matches as teams strive to improve their positions with the top teams seeking to cement their positions and the bottom placed working to avoid relegation, so basically most matches will be thrillers.," said Ongori.

Weekend Fixtures

Saturday

Premier Men; TUK v Green Sharks ( 4 p.m.), Strathmore University v Butali Sugar  Warriors ( 6 p.m.); Premier Women: Strathmore University vs Telkom ( 2 p.m.);  Nation League Men: JKUAT vs UoN ( 10 a.m.), Daystar University v Thika Rovers ( 12 p.m.), Bay Club v Kisumu Youngstars ( 3 p.m.) .

Sunday

Premier Men; Butali Warriors v Sikh Union, Nairobi (11 a.m.), Wazalendo v Parklands Sports Club (3 p.m.), Kenyatta University v Chase Sailors (5 p.m.);  Premier Women: Multimedia University v Chase Amira (9 a.m.); National League Men: Multimedia University vs Wazalendo Youth (1 p.m.).