Strathmore stalk JKUAT for a strong finish

By ronnie evans
Nov 03, 2021
  • Strathmore University are in a strong position to finish second when they face JKUAT on Saturday at the City Park Stadium. (SNA. File Photo)

  • Meshack Senge admits the title is for Telkom Orange to lose but wants to cement their second position. (SNA. File Photo)

Second-placed Strathmore University Scorpions are in a strong position to finish their season as they stalk a lackluster Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology in their penultimate Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

The team on 14 points trails runaway leaders Telkom Orange by five points heading into the tie and is on a backdrop of two consecutive wins including a 2-0 result against Kenyatta University in their last outing.

Anything short of a win will virtually gift Telkom Orange an unprecedented 19th title without the need of touching the ball.

Coach Meshack Senge said that the title might be a bit of a stretch for his team but they are determined to sink their teeth onto second spot.

“We have been training well especially on our possession game play and being stern in our defence. My philosophy is simple, we can only act upon what we have control over and that is our matches. Our focus now is doing what we can to pick up the three points and maintain our position regardless of what happens elsewhere,” he explained.

He added that he is still assessing his squad to come up with the best possible lineup for the match. It is still unclear whether star forward Gilly Okumu would be making a return after not featuring in the last match.

JKUAT has had a torrid season, losing five of their last six matches with their season opening 1-0 win over Daystar University being their only positive result.

“We do not have a consistent group of players who play the league. Those that do play do not adapt quickly to the fast paced nature of the league and that has worked against us,” JKUAT tactician Samuel Nabuko said.

He intends to contain their opponents by playing a defensive-minded game and limit the number of chances created by Strathmore Scorpions.

In other matches, fourth placed United States International University-Africa face bottom side Daystar University.

The students dominated highly fancied Amira Sailors in a 0-0 result in their previous match and coach Tom Olal drew positives from that game.

“We dictated possession against a top side and created several scoring chances. If we approach this game with the same offensive mentality then we should be able to break down Daystar,” Olal said.

He pinpointed dribbling sensation Rhoda Nyambura as his main asset in attack. Goalkeeper Nouvelle Becca who had a slight injury scare in last weekend’s match is fully recovered to start.

In the men’s National League, a victory or a draw for second-placed Impala Club will see the team go top, a milestone that coach Amai Olubayi is keen to see materialize when his side tackle Multimedia University.

He said that he would stick to their usual style of possession play to counter the slow and patient build up MMU is known for.

Weekend Fixtures

Saturday: Amira Sailors v Sliders (12 p.m.), Strathmore University v JKUAT (2 p.m,) - women;  Kabarak University v Dedan Kimathi University (2 p.m.), Thika Rovers v Karate Axiom (4 p.m.), Multimedia University v Impala (6 p.m.) - (men).

Sunday: Kenyatta University v Vikings (9 a.m.), USIU-A v Daystar University (11 a.m.) - (women),  JKUAT v Technical University (1 p.m.), Daystar University v Thika Rovers (3 p.m.) - (men).