Two Chidi torpedos grounds Chase Sailors

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 27, 2017
  • USIU-A men's hockey team ended the first leg on a high by edging out Chase Sailors 2-1 on Wednesday. (Photo by Alvin Wesonga)

Victor Chidi proved his worth with a brace as USIU-A beat Chase Sailors in a midweek Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match played at the City Park Stadium reports Alvin Wesonga.

In this match, the bankers set the pace by relentlessly attacking their opponents and after nine minutes they almost scored through Samuel Webo whpo was denied by Kenyan International goalkeeper Linus Kipkemboi.

After soaking early pressure, the students responded when Chidi beat Chase Sailors' goalkeeper Jairus Muzembi in the 10th minute after being set up by Brayan Kiplimo.

The Thika Road-based side utilised their chances well as Chidi capitalized on a defensive mistake by Jacktome Masibo to complete his brace. Chase Sailors were unable to contain USIU-A forwards who set up promising attacks.

When the students eased their foot on the gas pedal, Chase Bank bounced back and were nearly rewarded from a set piece but Ammon Esese failed to get past Kipkemboi.  Douglas Nyerere the Chase Sailors' forward appeared wasteful in the 24th minute after he failed to convert a Webo pass.

Although USIU-A appeared to be in the driving seat with superb build ups in the first half, Chase Sailors patience paid off after substitute Brian Makokha squandered a goal-scoring chance. Nerere scored a spectacular goal in the 28th minute to halve the scores.

USIU-A came close to scoring 

But it was USIU-A who came close to scoring a third goal in the dying minutes of the second period but Chidi failed to tap in an Innocent Mbabali pass.

On resumption, Chase Sailors came out with their guns blazing looking for an equalizer. A mistake by USIU-A's Neville Malupi nearly cost his side but Nyerere was denied by Kemboi.

The students remained composed and continued to display an attacking game with nice set pieces by  John Kabuu, Makokha and Chidi but could not beat substitute goalleeper Collins Asimba.

The bankers did not utilize their chances in the second half despite pressing forward for an equaliser. Kipkemboi's spectacular save denied the bankers a goal in the 48th minute.

Chase Sailorsintensified their attacks but Esese squandered a Nixon Amadi pass in the 55th minute, Nyerere was on top form but could not give his side a goal.

After the match, USIU-A skipper Owen Odando said used their strength which is counter attacks because they have some of the fastest players in the league and since it was the last match of the first leg it was just a must win,

"We hope to maintain our form in the second leg, and we will fight like the way we have always done," he added. USIU-A are now sixth on the league table level with Sikh Union, Nairobi on 22 points.

Wednesday results: USIU-A 2 Chase Sailors 1