USIU-A continue hot streak, close gap on Telkom Orange

By ronnie evans
Jun 03, 2017
  • Sandra Vodoti scored one of the goals against Chase Amira. USIU-A have now moved to within three points of Telkom Orange. (SNA. File Photo)

  • USIU-A players celebrate one of the goals against Chase Amira. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Sandra Vodoti who scored one of the goals from USIU-A loses her stick in an attack against Chase Amira. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Billy Molla of Butali Sugar Warriors dribbles past Park Road's Brian Mwangi in a batch which Butali won 2-0. They are unbeaten after seven matches. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

United States International University-Africa continued their hot streak following their 2-0 win over a formidable Chase Amira in a Kenya Hockey Union Women's Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

The win saw  the students move to second after collecting 18 points which is three less than league leaders Telkom Orange.

It was their sixth win of the campaign in seven matches. Their only loss was at the hands of Telkom Orange who scored 10 unanswered goals in March.

Coach Thomas Muchemi hailed his young guns for the fighting spirit as they put their more experienced opponents through the sword.

“They defended well even when under intense pressure so am pleased with their resilience. We managed to convert from set pieces later on which gave us the win,” he said.

Key to the students’ good run has been goalkeeper Nouvelle Becca who has been in fine form recently.

She made crucial interceptions in this match to keep out a flurry of Chase Amira attacks orchestrated by lethal Susan Okech in the first half.

Muchemi retained the same line up from the team that beat Sliders 1-0 in their last match a fortnight ago.

It was a couple of penalty corners delivered by captain Beatrice Mbugua that settled matters in this tie.

Ruth Wangechi was first to strike in the 43rd minute to stun the opposition who had been dominant but failed to score.

The evergreen Sandra Vodoti, who is one of the experienced midfielders on the USIU-A side, cooly finished off from a penalty corner in the 56th minute.

Her goal took the sting out of Chase Amira as the students held on for the final four minutes.

As a result of the loss to USIU-A, Chase Amira remain third on 14 points.

“The girls missed their chances and they made us pay. This is a match that we should have won easily,” coach Linet Onyango said.

Vikings back on track

In the other women's division match, Vikings won back to back matches for the first time this season after narrowly beating Multimedia University 1-0. They defeated Kenyatta University 2-1 a week earlier.

Against Multimedia University, Vikings were back to full strength after a bizarre turnout of exactly 11 players against Kenyatta University.

Defender Carol Okoth was on the bench and featured in her third straight match since a nasty jaw injury earlier this year.

A notable absentee was regular goalkeeper Winnie Kiprop who has played in six of their eight matches this season.

The match was destined for a barren draw before Jacinta Nthenya struck at the death so secure all the three points. As a result Vikings moved up by one place to sixth on nine points, leap-frogging Sliders.

However, they have lost five of the eight matches with coach Clyde Mmbaha attributing it to loss of key players.

These players include veteran and former captain Benazir Ommoto who has not played this season. Mmbaha hopes that they can chalk up more wins to build up momentum in their quest for a top four finish.

Butali maintain unbeaten run

In the men’s Premier League, 2015 champions Butali Sugar Warriors maintained their unbeaten run after seeing off Park Road Badgers 3-0 for their seventh win of the season.

In this match, forward Emmanuel Simiyu was restored into the starting lineup at the expense of Seth Oburu after serving a short suspension imposed by KHU due to disciplinary issues.

Substitute Hannington Otieno set the ball rolling with a rare goal in the 13th minute.

Vincent Odhiambo scored quick fire goals in the 47th minute and 50th minutes to create parity between the two sides.

Results

Saturday: Vikings 1 Multimedia University 0, Chase Amira 0 USIU-A 2, Mombasa Sports Club v Strathmore University (3 p.m, Mombasa) - Premier League Women; Youngstars v University of Nairobi (3 p.m, Kisumu) - National League; Nakuru 0 Sikh Union, Nairobi 0, Western Jaguars v Kenyatta University (2.30 p.m, Kakamega), Butali Warriors 3 Park Road Badgers 0, Green Sharks v USIU-A (4 p.m.) - Premier League Men.

Fixtures Sunday: Bay Club v UoN (9 a.m, Kisumu), Wazalendo Youth v Multimedia University (5 p.m.) - National League; Telkom Orange v Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (9 a.m.), Kenyatta University v Sliders (11 a.m.) - Premier League Women; Sikh Union, Nairobi v Parklands Sports Club (1 p.m.), Kenya College of Accountancy-University v Wazalendo (3 p.m.) - Premier League Men.