Okeyo and Cheplaiti arrest KCA-U students

By ronnie evans
Oct 09, 2021
  • Long serving KHU umpire Ian Fernandez calls the shots in one of the league matches at the weekend. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

A brace by Willis Okeyo and Moses Cheplaiti guided Kenya Police to a 6-2 demolition of a stubborn Kenya College of Accountancy side in their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match on Sunday.

Kenya Police were quick off the mark and as early as in the third minute, Okeyo pounced on a loose rebound with a simple tap in after Cheplaiti's shot was saved by Kim Kimiti in goal.

Cheplaiti was not to be denied two minutes later when he converted a penalty corner taken by Oliver Echenje with a vicious shot to make it 2-0.

KCA-U had a rare chance when Felix Mochama was unmarked in the sixth minute but the forward fired  wide. Okeyo got his second when he got on the end of Calvin Kanu's lobbed pass in the ninth minute after Kimiti was off his line to make it 3-0.

KCA-U pulled one back in the 22nd minute when Dan Tatara smartly converted a short corner.

In the 50th minute, a swift counter attacking move initiated by captain Brian Saina was finished off by Kenyan international Kanu who smothered the ball into the empty net. KCA-U were not backing down and responded four minutes later when goalkeeper Martin Agesa misjudged Lanox Onyango's through pass thus gifting Mochama the simplest of finishes.

Further goals by Cheplaiti (56th minute) and Saina (64th) ensured that their lead was intact as the Ken Kaunda-coached side leap-frogged KCA-U into second position on 10 points, three points behind log leaders Green Sharks who they will face on the decider to determine the top seed for the playoffs.

"I am happy with the result. We wanted quick goals and that materialised. They gave us a tough time but all in all we have bagged the points," a jubilant Kaunda said.

KCA-U coach Sam Mwema cited the early goals as the factor for his team's loss. "We started the game slowly by conceding three goals in the first 10 minutes and that messed up our approach. It then became a tall order to recover from. We had flashes of good play but we did not take our chances in the end," a disappointed Mwema explained.

KU upstage Dastay University Falcons

In the women’s league, Kenyatta University left it late to upstage Daystar University Falcons 2-0 in the university derby courtesy of a double strike by Cynthia Walucho.

This was KU’s second win of the season as they bounced back from a 1-5 humiliating defeat at the hands of United States International University-Africa in their previous assignment.

The win also saw Daystar Falcons lose their fifth match of the season. They remain the only side yet to register a point.

Kenyatta University had started the brighter of the two sides by possessing the ball and getting themselves into dangerous positions. The two teams were guilty of making stray passes and not creating many goal scoring opportunities in the first period.

The game came to life seven minutes to the end, when Walucho found space before firing past Esther Mary in goal. She got her brace in the 70th minute when she hit a crisp shot much to the relief of coach Dominic Mutwol.

Mutwol told Sports News Arena that the win was a welcome boost his team will build up on the win as they aim for a strong finish to the season.

In the men's National League, Wazalendo Youth bounced back from a dramatic 3-4 loss on Saturday to Impala Club by hitting Karate Axiom 3-0. Wazalendo Youth were quick to attack and Joshua Mwangi scored with his first shot in the seventh minute.

Wazalendo Youth continued piling pressure but could not find the breakthrough until in the 65th minute when captain Fidelis Kimanzi doubled the lead with a sweetly taken angled shot.

Peter Karanja put Karate Axiom through the sword when he rounded up the scoring in the final minute of play.

Daystar University were held to a goalless draw by Kimathi University in a dull tie.

Weekend results

Sunday: (Women) Kenyatta University 2 Daystar University 0; (Men) Wazalendo Youth 3 Karate Axiom 0, Daystar University 0 Kimathi University 0 , Kenya Police 6 KCA-U 2.

Saturday: (Women) Strathmore University 1 Amira Sailors 0, Sliders 0 USIU-A 0; (Men) Impala 4 Wazalendo Youth 3, Butali 5 Parklands Sports Club 0.