Huge wins for Vikings, USIU in women's league

By ronnie evans
Nov 06, 2021
  • Daystar Mercy Muyimi against USIU Spartans' Racheal Njogu in their premier league match. USIU won 10-0.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Susan Muchai and Charity Miller scored a brace each other helped a tactful Vikings deliver a vital hockey lesson to Kenyatta University Titans in a resounding 5-0 victory in a women’s Premier League match played at City Park Stadium on Sunday.

Vikings had no goalkeeper in the match prompting coach Clyde Mmbaha to employ an unorthodox tactic of placing towering Carole Okoth as a sweeper defender.

She was tasked with marking quick Kenyatta University striker Olympia Chepchumba who was lurking with intent at the prospect of an unguarded goal in the offing.

Despite the setback Vikings drew first blood in the ninth minute when Jacinta Nthenya’s lobbed pass was inexplicably turned into the net by Muchai with a clever dink.

Vikings doubled their lead in the 13th minute when Miller’s hard pass eluded Kenyatta University defenders and Edel Barasa was on hand to tap into the empty net.

Vikings did a good job of limiting Kenyatta University who could not manage a single shot at goal in the first period.

Two minutes after the restart, Muchai’s beautiful cross field pass was poked home by a fully stretched Miller. Miller scored her second in the 59th minute.

Muchai completed the rout in the 61st minute when Miller pulled the defence and goalkeeper to her side leaving Muchai with the simplest of finishes. Vikings captain Benazir Omotto was pleased with the team’s performance.

“Today we stepped up and played very well. We got four short corners but we did not convert any of them so that is an area we need to improve on.

We did not have a goalkeeper available to us today so we decided to use the in-field players and that paid off,” a jubilant Omotto said after the match. Kenyatta University coach Dominic Mutwol was disappointed with the result but is looking to rebuild his side for the future.

“The match was tight and we played an experienced side. What cost us the match was our weakness in midfield and the forwards. We intended to capitalize on the fact that they had no goalkeeper but it did not work for us. My team is still young and we are rebuilding so we should see an improvement next season,” he explained.

Nyambura scores four for USIU 

Dribbling maestro Rhoda Nyambura scored four goals as United States International University thumped Daystar University 10-0.

Nyambura opened the scoring in the sixth minute from close range after an inch perfect pass from Grace Akumu. It was 2-0 in the 11th minute when Nyambura was unmarked and made no mistake from Rachael Njogu’s cross.

Three minutes later, substitute Esther Perez got her name on the score sheet with a scrambled finish at the goal line. Nyambura scored her team’s fourth goal two minutes later.

Daystar University, with only 10 players in the lineup, struggled to cope with the tempo of the game and conceded a fifth in the 23rd minute when Sandra Vodoti unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew into the bottom right corner.

Sheila Ndaroh placed the bell between the legs of Esther Mary in goal ten minutes later to make it 6-0. Akumu made it 7-0 a minute to half time. Second half field goals by Nyambura (49th minute), Maua Williams (55th minute) and Vodoti (66th minute) ensured a comfortable win for USIU-A Spartans and effectively finish fourth on goal difference behind Amira Sailors with both teams locked at 14 points.

Weekend results Sunday: (Women) Kenyatta University 0 Vikings 5, USIU-A 10 Daystar University 0; (Men) JKUAT 1 Technical University of Kenya 2, Daystar University 4 Thika Rovers 3 Saturday :( Women) Amira Sailors 2 Sliders 0, Strathmore University 6 JKUAT 0; (Men) Kabarak University 1 Dedan Kimathi University 0, Thika Rovers 0 Karate Axiom 0, Multimedia University 3 Impala 2.