Uphill battle for champions Strathmore as they face Nakuru

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 28, 2017
  • Unbeaten Kenya Police face Park Road Badgers in a match which Cyrus Kanyi described as interesting. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League champions Strathmore University are facing an uphill battle as they face Nakuru Athletic away.

The students are12th on the league table 25 points behind league leaders Kenya Police. Strathmore, the three time champions are visiting a side that has had a row of perfect results at home.

When asked about the match, Strathmore University captain Francis Kariuki said he knows the match will be a tough one considering the fact that no team gets points in Nakuru easily. "We are going for nothing less than three points," he further stated.

The students have had a series of mixed results which has put them at the bottom half of the table, a disapponting first leg.

In another match Park Road Badgers come up against league leaders Kenya Police who are so far unbeaten.

Park Road are seventh on the league table 19 points below their opponents, and drew with sixth-placed USIU-A in their last match.

Interesting contest

According to Park Road's coach Cyrus Kanyi, this will be a very interesting contest because he believes its going to be a very interesting contest because both teams are super fit,

"It's basically going to be a battle of the youth in our side and experience in theirs," the former Kenyan International defender said.

According to the current statistics Kanyi noted that the first leg has been great for the law makers. "My only worry is will they be able to maintain their form in the second leg," he quipped.

The other mens' Premier League match of the day will be between Kenyatta University and Chase Sailors. The bankers lost 1-2 to USIU-A on Wednesday.

Simon Mwangi the Kenyatta University tactician said his side will take the match as it comes but the major setback is majority of his players are on holiday.

"Chase Sailors have conceded in all their matches therefore we will capitalize on this and expect a win," Mwangi said.

The bankers will be without talismanic striker George Mutira due to injury. The Kenya national team skipper did not feature in their last match.

Second placed Butali Sugar Warriors will face 13th-placed KCA-U as they try to close the seven points gap between them and league leaders Kenya Police.

Saturday fixtures

Premier Men

Kenyatta University vs Chase Sailors(12 noon), Nakuru Athletic vs Starthmore University (2 p.m), KCA-U vs Butali Warriors (4 p.m), Park Road Badgers vs Kenya Police (6 p.m).

National League men: Thika Rovers vs Gorillas (2 p.m.).