By: BRIAN YONGA
Champions Telkom Orange maintained their unbeaten record in Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s national league after beating Vikings 5-0 on Sunday in a league encounter played at the City Park Stadium in Nairobi.
In other women’s national league match played at the same venue, Daystar Falcons beat Mount Kenya University (MKU) 1-0 while last season’s runners-up Strathmore University side Scorpions were upset 0-1 by Sliders.
Kenya International Audrey Omaido grabbed a brace on either side of the game, with Jane Ofula, Jacqueline Mwangi and captain Betsy Omalla also got their names on the score sheet as the champions recorded their 11th successive league win.
Mwangi, who increased her goals tally of the season to 17, praised her team-mates for the impressive performance and warned rivals to step up their game.
“We have the best players in the league and Africa. Our target is to retain the title but we also have our eyes trained on the club championships which is very near,” the striker told Nation Sport.
Orange, who won the reverse fixture 6-0 in the first leg, were ahead after only two minutes when Ofula was put through Omaido who scored past Vikings goalkeeper Angela Kogei.
Omaido got her name on the score sheet on 28 minutes, finishing off a sweeping Orange move that carved open the Vikings defence.
In the second half, Omaido scored her second goal of the game after nice play from midfielder Carolyne Guchu and Omaido put her through.
Mwangi who had tormented the Vikings defence for the entire match finally got a goal four minutes to the end before skipper Omalla got the fifth, slotting home an Omaido penalty corner.
Bridgit Omondi scored the winner for Falcons as they edged out a stubborn MKU to avenge their first leg defeat.
Nancy Jepchumba’s winner was the difference between Sliders and Scorpions in a closely-contested match.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION