Wokila's last minute goal downs KCA-U

By francis marangu
Apr 24, 2016
  • Samuel Wokila in a previous match against Western Jaguars. He scored three goals against a stubborn KCA-U.

Samuel Wokila scored thrice including a last minute winner as Kenya Police maintained their slim hopes of winning the Kenya Hockey Union Premier League by beating a determined Kenya College of Accountancy University 4-3 at City Park on Saturday.

Police surrendered a 2-0 half time lead to trail 3-2 before Wokila scored two goals in 11 minutes to ensure they stayed in contention incase leaders Butali Sugar Warriors stumble in their remaining two matches.

Wokila’s winner and equalizer canceled Arnold Marago’s second half hat trick in 13 minutes that had otherwise ended Police's title hopes with two matches in hand. Wokila put Police ahead in the fifth minute completing a long pass from Marvin Kuru. Oliver Echenje doubled Police's lead with another field goal from a goalmouth scramble.

 After the break, KCAU came back strong and seven minutes into the half they had leveled the scores thanks to Marago’s double. KCA-U shocked the cops when Marago beat keeper Onesmus Mutuku with a low shot and give their side a 3-2 lead in the 54th minute.

Their celebration was however short lived when Wokila scored his second with a brilliant shot from the edge of the circle to level the scores 3-3 in the 58th minute. The equalizer seemed to have energized  Kenneth Kaunda’s boys as they piled up more pressure which finally paid off with the winners seconds to the final buzzer through an outstanding Wokila.

KCA-U coach Gordon Oduor was impressed with the fighting spirit of his players. “They played as soldiers sent to a battle field. Coming from two goals down and taking up the lead was a delight to watch. I think we got tired and that is why we conceded the next two goals, otherwise it was a good show from the boys,” Odour said.

It takes a strong team to come back

His counterpart Kaunda praised his players for the comeback saying it only takes a strong team to come back as they did.

In another match, played at the same venue, Strathmore University survived some late raids from Wazalendo before winning the highly explosive match 3-2.

After taking a 3-0 lead in 40 minutes, Strathmore had to use all the tactics possible before beating Wazalendo who scored two goals in four minutes.

Festus Onyango gave the students a first half 2-0 lead with a double. Captain Constance Wakhura made it 3-0 five minutes into the second half from a penalty corner. Substitute Wycliffe Mbeda pulled one back for Wazalendo with a field goal in the 59th minute before Eric Ochieng made it 3-2 four minutes later.

Strathmore keeper Simon Odhiambo had to be called in in the dying minutes of the match to make some saves from marauding Wazalendo attackers.

In Kakamega, host Western Jaguars beat Green Sharks 1-0.

Results

Saturday, April 23: Kenya Police 4 KCAU 3, Wazalendo 2 Strathmore University 3, Western Jaguars 1 Green Sharks 0, Chase Sailors 2 Wazalendo Youth 0.