KU hold USIU in varsities battle


United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) Spartans played out a thrilling 1-1 draw with Kenyatta University (KU) Titans in Kenya Hockey Union women’s national league clash at City Park Stadium, Nairobi, on Saturday.

Rahab Nyuthe had given Titans the lead in the 43rd minute before Kenyan international Sandra Vodoti cancelled out the goal as both teams walked out with a point.

Coaches from both sides were satisfied with the result, noting that neither side wanted to lose the match.

“This is a derby and both teams don’t want to lose, that is why I think one point was a fair result,” Spartans coach James Mwangi told Sunday Nation Sport. “We are disappointed that we did not get the three points. I felt we created enough chances.”

His Titans counterpart Domnic Mutwoi praised his team for earning the point against a ‘formidable opponent’.

“We became complacent after taking the lead. We should have sealed the game afyter going ahead,” Mutwoi said.

Titans came into the match on the back of last weekend’s 4-0 loss to champions Telkom Orange and looked dangerous from the onset with skipper Prudence Wasilwa troubling the Spartans defence alongside Nyuthe.

The duo combined to carve out the team’s first chance in the quarter hour mark but Spartans keeper Laurette Osaso did brilliant to keep out the shot from Nyuthe.

The duo continued to torment their opponents’ defence but Spartans defence stood firm, thwarting the attacks. The teams went into the break goalless with Titans the dominant side. Their pressure paid off in the second half when Nyuthe finally got the breakthrough through a field goal past Kenya’s second-choice keeper Osaso.

The goal sprung Spartans to life and they were level with their first chance of the match when Lorraine Nondi’ penalty corner was finished off by Vodoti past Titans keeper Selina Awuor.

Both teams tried to find the winner but both defences were stood firm.