By: BRIAN YONGA
Kenya Police will be looking to move eight points clear at the top of the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s premier with victories in their two league assignments this weekend.
The 2013 champions take on Strathmore University’s Gladiators Saturday evening before facing Wazalendo on Sunday, a match that was to be played last weekend but was called off due to mechanical problems in the water pump.
The law enforcers, who top the league standings with 33 points, two ahead of second-placed Butali Sugar Warriors, will however miss the services of midfielder Willis Okeyo who is suspended for the Gladiators clash but will be back for the Wazalendo game.
“Okeyo’s absence will be a blow to us but we have several players who can step in and play the role. Our target is the three points and we are ready for the weekend matches,” Police captain Brian Saina told Saturday Nation Sport.
“Our opponents are equally prepared for the match and we therefore need to be on top of our game to collect maximum points.”
Saina alongside talismanic striker Moses Chepaliti, who has scored 12 league goals, will be counted on to bag the goals.
PRESSURE ON POLICE
Gladiators’ coach Meshack Senge said the pressure will be on Police as they seek to reclaim the league title. He called on his charges to match their opponents and wreck their title bid.
“Games between us and Police are usually fiercely competitive and I expect this one to be close. They are on form and we therefore need to be on top of our game if we want to get anything from the match,” Senge said.
The university side are in seventh place and a win will see them move into the top five.
In the women’s national league, United States International University (USIU) Spartans take on Kenyatta University’s Titans in a university derby on Saturday. Spartans thrashed fellow university side Mount Kenya University 9-0 last weekend and will look to build on that victory.
Titans on the other hand will look to bounce back from last weekend’s 4-0 loss at the hands of champions Telkom Orange. Titans captain Prudence Wasilwa has challenged her teammates to play the way they did against the champions in the first half.
“We have faced USIU in the universities league a number of times and we therefore don’t have to be afraid of them,” the skipper noted.
In another women’s encounter, Daystar Falcons will be up against Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
In the men’s national league, National Youth Service take on Kimathi as Thika Rovers come up against Kabarak University.
FIXTURES – (All matches at City Park Stadium)
National women: KU v USIU – (12pm)
National men: Kimathi v NYS – (2pm), Thika Rovers v Kabarak- (4pm)
Premier men: Kenya Police v Strathmore (6pm)
National men: Kabarak v UON (9am), Parkroad Tigers v Daystar (1pm)
National women: JKUAT v Daystar (11am)
Premier men: Kenya Police v Wazalendo (3pm)
SOURCE: DAILY NATION