Unbeaten Police open seven-point lead

By ronnie evans
May 22, 2017
  • Kenya Polive have opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League. (SNA. File Photo)

A clinical Kenya Police easily beat Sikh Union, Nairobi 3-1 on Sunday to re-establish their seven-point gap at the top of the Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League.

It was their ninth win of the season and in the process maintained a 100 percent win rate.

Second-placed Green Sharks narrowly beat Nakuru Athletic Club 2-1 in another match to take their season’s tally to 20 points.

Kenya Police coach Patrick Mugambi was unfazed by the performance which he thought was unconvincing although he was pleased with the result.

“We did not play to usual best but what is important is that we got the three points. We created lots of chances but we did not score,” Mugambi said in his assessment.

In this match, the law enforcers welcomed back captain Oliver Echenje into the starting line up.

But, it was Sikh Union, Nairobi who stunned them in the fifth minute when Shabaz Shah benefited from a rare lapse in concentration by the opposition defence to nod home.

Kenya Police pressed hard for a quick response with a few half chances spurred by Echenje and strike partner Calvins Kanu.

Samuel Oungo equalised in the 19th minute after converting a penalty corner Felix Okoth.

Fluid passing play

The law enforcers got their second goal three minutes later through Samuel Wokila who had just come off the bench after a fluid passing play.

Edmond Mabona, who was having a rare chance to feature in the side justified his inclusion when he rounded up the scoring in the 29th minute.

Green Sharks on the other hand had a tough outing with Leon Nagombere scoring a 45th minute minute winner after converting Chris Wokila’s well delivered penalty corner.

Star forward Chris Muchwanju notched his fourth goal of the campaign to give Green Sharks a 10th minute lead.

Gary Louis equalised for NAC with his first goal of the season in the 36th minute. For all their dominance, Green Sharks missed a flurry of open chances to put the game to bed, an issue that has got coach Ben Owaga thinking.

"These are the types of matches that my team should score many goals against. The players again did not convert a lot of the chances and sometimes teams get punished for that. I am optimistic that we can improve on that," Owaga stated.

In the women's Premier League, United States International University-Africa edged out Sliders 2-1 to remain fifth of the log on 12 points.

This was their second win of the weekend after squeezing past Vikings 1-0.

Sliders got the opening goal in the 31st minute through Mariam Wangui before the students responded through speedy Rhoda Nyambura's solo effort in the 45th minute.

Mua Williams completed the turnaround six minutes from time to cap off a fine weekend for the university side.

Weekend Results

Saturday: Multimedia University 3 Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology 3, Youngstars 1 Kabarak University 0, Mvita XI 3 Gorilla 1 - National League; Vikings 0 USIU-A 1 - Premier League Women; Strathmore University 0 Chase Sailors 0, Butali Sugar 7 Kenyatta University 0 - Premier League Men.

Sunday: Bay Club 1 Kabarak University 1, Park Road Tigers 1 Impala 3 - National League; Chase Amira 2 Kenyatta University 0 - Premier League Women; Kenya Police 3 Sikh Union, Nairobi 1, Green Sharks 2 Nakuru 1 - Premier League Men; USIU-A 2 Sliders 1 - Premier League Women.