Esikuri late goal sinks Green Sharks

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 10, 2021
  • Francis Esikuri scored the winner for Sikh Union, Nairobi against Green Sharks. (SNA. File Photo)

Francis Esikuri scored a goal in the 57th minute to ensure Sikh Union, Nairobi bagged the maximum pointsl against Green Sharks in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at the City Park stadium on Saturday, reports Alvin Wesonga.

The 2-1 win was the sixth for the Forest Road side. Davis Wanangwe scored the opening goal for Sikh Union in the 36th minute before substitute, Chris Wokila leveled for Green Sharks in the 43rd minute.

Wokila who also plays for the national team combined well with midfielder Victor Osiche as Green Sharks gunned for the lead.

They came close in the 54th minute when Wokila narrowly missed with veteran Ajay Dossaja narrowing the angle.

Former Olympian and Kenyan International defender Inderjit Matharu was unbeatable at the back.

Alexander Muge the Green Sharks goalkeeper was outstanding and made numerous saves one but was unable to deny Esikuri in the 57th minute.

Played casually

After the match, Ben Owaga, the Green Sharks coach admitted his team played casually and were unable to convert numerous chances. “It is unfortunate that we lost, although we had a nice game,” he said.

Green Sharks are still third on the table with 30 points.

In another match, USIU-A came from a goal down to beat KCA University 2-1.

The students started off on a high as both teams opted for an attacking style of play.

The USIU-A attacking duo of Brayan Kiplimo and Victor Chidi attacked relentlessly but were unable to beat KCA-U goalkeeper Collins Onyango in the opening  minutes of the match.

In the 10th minute Ken Gachara missed a scoring opportunity against Linus Kipkemboi, who plays for the national team.

Gordon Owuor, the KCA-U captain scored for the students from a penalty corner.

USIU-A midfielder Innocent Mbabali came close to scoring in the last minute of the first half. In the 38th minute, he was substituted after squandering another chance from a James Muthii pass.

was on target a couple of times as he failed to give his side an equalizer goal in the last minute of the first half.

Neville Mulupi gave USIU-A their equalizer in the 40th minute tfrom a penalty corner.

A solid display at the back by Malupi and Bill Olang gave the USIU-A forwards the confidence to attack and were rewarded in the 57th minute when Wyclif Wanyonyi scored the second goal.

Kipkemboi defends his team

After the match, Kenyan International goalkeeper Kipkemboi was quick to defend his teammates explaining they had not trained because most of the players were on holiday. He is confident they will pick up.

“We need to work on the way we take our penalty corners. We get many of these  but fail to convert. That's our main undoing,” said the towering shot stopper.

KCA University’s skipper and former Kenyan International defender Oduor praised his team for a good performance in the early minutes of the match which saw them lead 1-0.

He observed they became shaky in the second half due to poor marking, “in the second and last quarter we forgot to defend. That's the reason we conceded. I think we need to work on marking,” Oduor acknowledged.

In Kakamega, visiting Parklands Sports Club beat Western Jaguars.

In the men’s National League, Wazalendo Masters beat Gorillas 2-0 while JKUAT lost 0-2 to Multimedia University.

In the women’s Premier Lea,gue Sliders overran University of Nairobi 4-0. This was their biggest win since the start of the season.

Saturday results

Premier League, Men: Sikh Union Nairobi 2 Green Sharks 1, USIU-A 2 KCA University 1, Western Jaguars 0 Parklands Sports Club 1

National League Men: JKUAT 0 Multimedia University 2, Wazalendo Masters 2 Gorillas 0

Premier League Women: UoN 0 Sliders 4