Police stalk Jaguars at City Park

By ronnie evans
May 11, 2021
  • Defender Robert Masibo will be tasked with not only maintaining order at the back but also offer his prowess in converting set pieces against Western Jaguars. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya Police coach Patrick Mugambi has stressed that his team will not take any opposition lightly regardless of their calibre.

They face Western Jaguars in the Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League on Sunday at the City Park Stadium.

The law enforcers have been in a good form this season and lead the table on 21 points as a result of a flawless run on seven wins. They are four points ahead of second-placed Green Sharks.

Mugambi, a vicious defender in his heydays said they will tackle all teams with a  strict awareness in order to maintain their current form.

“We are going to approach this match with a lot of seriousness. It does not matter which team we play. Our style of play is the same because it has given us positive results,” Mugambi said.

Kenya Police convincingly beat Kenyatta University 5-1 on May 3 and Mugambi is confident of having a full strength squad.

“There are two to three players who are away on recruitment duties but am optimistic of having a full house for the match,” he explained.

In the absence of Willis Okeyo who is away in Germany for three months on an exchange programme and featuring for Club Bad Kreuznach, Oliver Echenje, Moses Cheplaiti and Calvins Kanu will lead the Kenya Police attack.

Martin Agesa is expected to start in goal given his impressive form. Defender Robert Masibo will be tasked with not only maintaining order at the back but also offer his prowess in converting set pieces.

Discipline issues handled internally

Meanwhile, Butali Sugar coach Godfrey Wakachunga said that disciplinary issues surrounding some of his players have been handled internally.

Their scrappy 2-1 win over Wazalendo last Sunday was marred by physical confrontations by his players resulting in five cards being dished by the umpires.

Butali Sugar tackle Sikh Union, Nairobi in only their fourth match this season largely due to the irregular fixture structure drafted by KHU.

“It was a bad day in the office for us. We just did a bit of housekeeping which is a bit confidential. We are focused on beating them," Wakachunga stated.

He added: "We have had three training sessions since the last match. As much as we did not perform to our level, I believe that the more matches we play, the more we will improve."

Butali Sugar, a team that won back to back titles in 2014 and 2015 will be boosted by the return of Derrick Kuloba who missed the last match due to a short illness.

Kuloba, who was signed from Strathmore University has impressed in the two matches he has played this season. Wakachunga confirmed that he is available for selection.

This inconsistency in the fixture structure has also affected Western Jaguars. Their last competitive league fixture was on March 25 when they impressively held defending champions Strathmore University to a 1-1 draw.

They have only played three matches this season and face Chase Sailors and Kenya Police at the weekend.

“It will be difficult playing two matches but we want to get some points on our travel. Defending well will be key for us,” player-coach Mike Malungu said.

Fixtures - Venue is City Park unless stated

Saturday: Vikings v Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (12 p.m.), Mombasa Sports Club v United States International University-Africa (4 p.m, Mombasa) - Premier League Women; Wazalendo Youth v Youngstars (2 p.m.) - National League; Strathmore University v USIU-A (4 p.m.), Chase Sailors v Western Jaguars (6 p.m.) - Premier League Men.

Sunday: Kenya Police v Western Jaguars (9 a.m.) Sikh Union, Nairobi v Butali Sugar Warriors (3 p.m.), Kenya College of Accountancy-University v Technical University of Kenya (5 p.m.) - Premier League Men; Multimedia University v Youngstars (11 a.m.)-National League; Strathmore University v Sliders (1 p.m.) - Premier League Women.