Winning return for Oburu at Butali

By ronnie evans
May 20, 2017
  • Frank Wanangwe turned provider for returnee Seth Oburu who scored one of the goals for Butali Sugar. (SNA. File Photo)

  • Emmanuel Simiyu is suspended until a hearing by the KHU disciplinary committee. (SNA. File Photo)

Seth Oburu justified his inclusion in the starting line up as his first quarter goal set up Butali Sugar en route to a comfortable 3-0 victory over United States International University-Africa in their Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Friday.

Oburu only started the match, his first of the season because first choice forward Emmanuel Simiyu is still serving an indefinite suspension imposed by KHU for indiscipline conduct during a past league match.

Butali Sugar coach Godfrey Wakachunga was pleased with the result but admitted that he expected a more compact match given that the students have always been tough to break down during their encounters.

“I am happy with the boys because they played by our system. We are still picking up momentum with each match. They defended in numbers which made it difficult for us to penetrate. The first goal was crucial as it opened up the game for us,” Wakachunga added.

In this match, the students were pinned in their own half for the opening minutes and fell behind when Frank Wanangwe combined well with Seth Oburu in the build up to free the forward who made no mistake from close range in the 15th minute.

The students, visibly lagged due to lack of consistent competitive matches in recent times were chasing shadows and fell behind in the 34th minute.

Returnee Derrick Kuloba who had missed the previous three matches due to illness ghosted past a few markers and made it 2-0.

Sang denies Wanangwe and Okwemba

Kenyan international goalkeeper Linus Sang did his best to keep the scoreline modest by denying Wanangwe and Said Okwemba respectively from a penalty corner minutes later.

Former Strathmore University defender Constant Wakhura beat Sang from a penalty stroke in the 55th minute to quash any chance of a USIU-A comeback.

Butali Sugar cut the gap on second placed Green Sharks to two points. They lie third on 15 points from five wins.

“They were the better side and outplayed us today. My players are still finding their form from the break we had at the school and could not cope with their speed. We have to pick ourselves up and plan for the next match,” USIU-A coach Tom Olal said.

In an earlier encounter, for the second consecutive match, Parklands Sports Club left it late to salvage a point as Owen Oduor’s 57th minute goal secured a draw 2-2 against Park Road Badgers.

PSC on on May 10 forced a 2-2 draw against Wazalendo in their previous match with virtually the final touch of the ball.

This never say die mentality was replicated as Oduor benefited from Oscar Mmbuka’s desperation long ball launched forward to nod home.

In this match, Park Road had a bright start and forged with two quickfire goals. First, Gilbert Langat rifled home a penalty corner in eighth minute before Frank Ogendi doubled their advantage two minutes later with a lovely backhand shot after being given space.

Park Road did not convert chances

Park Road had a few more chances to put the game to bed in the first half but did not convert.

PSC led by Franklin Kiyondi grew in confidence as lovely build up play also involving Oduor freed striker Allan Odongo who slotted home from a tight angle in the 31st minute to make it 2-1.

PSC’s Boniface Noombi was yellow carded in the 50th minute to give Park Road a five minute numerical player advantage. They did not press further and instead played to wind down the clock, a mistake that Oduor made them pay for with his late equaliser.

The draw enabled Park Road to move one place up to eighth on the log with seven points, a point above defending champions Strathmore University.

On the other hand, PSC remain without a win in seven attempts and are just one place above the bottom spot with three points.