Police have a warrant to arrest Green Sharks at City Park

By ronnie evans
Oct 13, 2021
  • Kenya Police have a tricky match against Green Sharks who only need a draw to top Pool B. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya Police have a tricky outing against Green Sharks in a top-of-the-table clash in the Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at City Park on Saturday.

The two teams have already qualified for the playoffs and the match is important in determining who finishes top of Pool B, for a 'predictably easier draw' in the play-offs. They are separated by three points.

A draw could favor Green Sharks although, Ken Kaunda, the Kenya Police coach argues there is an equal chance.

“We are aware of the threat posed by Green Sharks. They have had a very good season so far and it will be a tough match for us. We are going to approach this match cautiously but the mentality to win remains the same,” Kaunda explained.

Kaunda added that his team has been working on improving their scoring chances because they will need to outscore Green Sharks if they are to win. He identified their defending as a weak point in their previous match against Kenya College of Accountancy where they conceded two goals.

The coach intends to retain the same line-up and expects his senior players among them goalkeeper Martin Agesa, Sammy Oungo, Willis Okeyo, lethal forward Calvins Kanu and Moses Cheplaiti to lead the charge.

Captain Brian Saina has also come into the side to boost the midfield and will start his second consecutive game after a layoff.

Owaga admits Police has quality players

Green Sharks handler Ben Owaga promised: “We are going to be relentless as we have all always been. Kenya Police have high quality players in their squad. We will leave nothing to chance and go for the win.”

Defending women’s champions Telkom Orange will be in action with two matches against university sides Daystar University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology.

The two teams have struggled this season and Telkom Orange coach Jos Openda is focusing on his team’s progress rather than breaking down his opponents.

“As usual we are looking at these games just to gauge where we are in relation to the club championships. We have prepared well and have had intensive training the whole week. All in all the girls are up to the task,” a bold Openda said.

Telkom Orange will welcome the services of the defensive stopper Flavin Mutiva who sat out the last tie due to a slight injury. Mutiva will be available for selection according to the coach.

JKUAT coach Samuel Nabuko has said that his team will play a defensive minded game as they have conceded goals in the previous matches. He is aware of the ruthless nature of Telkom Orange attackers so emphasis will be on defence.

Weekend fixtures

Saturday: (Women) Telkom Orange v Daystar University (12 p.m.), Sliders v Vikings (2 p.m.), (Men) Nakuru Club v Sikh Union, Nairobi (2 p.m.), Western Jaguars v Wazalendo (4 p.m.), Kenya Police v Green Sharks (6 p.m.).

Sunday: (Women) Telkom Orange v JKUAT (11 a.m.); (Men) Wazalendo Youth v JKUAT (9 a.m.), Kimathi University v Thika Rovers (1 p.m.), KU v USIU-A (3 p.m.), Strathmore University v Bay Club (3 p.m.).