Midfielder Osiche strikes PSC twice

By ronnie evans
May 01, 2021
  • Ben Owaga, the Green Sharks coach made several changes to his team in the match against Parklands Sports Club giving Victor Osiche freedom in midfield. (SNA. File Photo)

Star midfielder Victor Osiche scored one goal in each half to steer Green Sharks to a 2-0 win against Parklands Sports Club in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match on Labour Day at the City Park Stadium.

Osiche, a consistent performer this season finally had his moment as he stepped up in the absence of regular forwards Chris Wokila and Chris Muchwanju.

Green Sharks coach Ben Owaga decided to give Eli Tangaza a start in goal with regular Eli Asura on the bench. This meant a change in formation with Osiche given a more offensive role.

PSC on the other hand had seven players come into the team following the 1-6 drubbing by leaders Kenya Police on April 22.

Notably, Fahrad Shire maintained his place in goal with star player Frankline Kiyondi benched.

In this match, Greensharks dictated the pace early and used counter attacks with precisiion while going forward.

Their unrelenting pressure paid off as an unforced error gifted them a penalty in the 16th minute. Osiche cooly slotted the penalty stroke past Shire.

PSC players were limited to launching long balls forward but were unable to threaten for much of the first half.

Green Sharks doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Osiche eluded his marker before firing past Shire from an Alex Kubasu’s layoff pass.

Green Sharks close on Police

The win ensured that Green Sharks, on 17 points, close in on leaders Kenya Police by one point. However, they have played two matches more than the law enforcers.

Head coach Ben Owaga was pleased with the result but believes there is room for improvement.

“It was a good game of hockey but I believe we could have scored even more. We missed a few key players especially in our offense but those that came in played well. We hope to improve on our finishing especially in matches that we dominate,” Owaga said.

In the women’s Premier League, multi-talented Chase Amira midfielder Pauline Naise haunted her former side as her last gasp penalty stroke salvaged a 1-1 draw against Strathmore University.

The draw moved Chase Amira to third on the log behind Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology on eight points.

The students who remained fifth on seven points missed the services of lethal striker Gilly Okumu from the team that lost 0-2 to defending champions Telkom Orange two weeks ago.

Okumu’s absence due to a knee injury from the forward line was visible as they struggled to find that offensive spark with her replacement Nancy Wanjue ineffective.

Lead from a set piece

However, they took the lead in the 23rd minute from a set piece. Defender Elizabeth Ngombo, who usually is the provider got on the end of Yvonne Karanja’s well delivered penalty corner for a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Chase Amira, who drew 0-0 with JKUAT in their last match, pressed with more intensity.

Ivin Onyango in the Strathmore University goal did brilliantly to twice deny Susan Okech and keep her team in the lead with the clock winding down.

The pressure finally caved on the students in the 59th minute when Chase Amira were gifted a penalty after an infringement on Oketch was by Jane Murage.

Naise, who returned to playing hockey this season after a stint with national women’s football team Harambee Starlets composed herself to score past Onyango.

“It was a fair result and the least of what we deserved today. We wanted to win this match but we did not utilise all our chances. They also had their moments but missed them,” Chase Amira tactician Linet Anyango said.

Results (Monday)

Chase Amira 1 Strathmore University 1 - Premier League Women; Mombasa West 0 Wazalendo Masters 1 (Aryans, Mombasa), Mvita XI 1 Impala 0 (Aryans, Mombasa), Mombasa Sports Club 3 Thika Rovers 1 (Mombasa Sports Club Grounds) - National League; Green Sharks 2 Parklands Sports Club 0 - Premier League Men.