Sweet victory as Butali Sugar Warriors return to league summit

By: BRIAN YONGA

Defending champions Butali Sugar Warriors stormed back to the top of the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s Premier League table after recording two wins away in Mombasa over the weekend.

The lakeside club on Sunday thrashed Mombasa Sports Club 8-1 in Mombasa adding to Saturday’s 5-0 win over Mvita XI to complete a perfect weekend for the champions who last played a league match on August 10.

Warriors coach Cliffe Okello was pleased with the result but expressed disappointment with the league fixtures format.

“We are preparing for the club championship which are three weeks away, we need to be playing regularly so as to maintain our shape. But not playing regularly is not helping,” Okello said.

“We dropped points and we wanted to get back to winning ways, this was the perfect response to our critics.”

New signing Seth Oburu and Robert Amadi scored twice each while Barnabus Odhiambo, who hit a hat trick in Saturday’s win scored once alongside Saidi Okwemba, Emmanuel Simiyu and Arif Shah.

The hosts got a late consolation through Brian Karimi’s field goal .

ODHIAMBO’S HAT-TRICK

On Saturday, Odhiambo hit a hat trick while Seth Oburu and Okwemba also got their names on the score sheet against Mombasa Sports Club.

Former Kenya skipper Zack Aura was instrumental in both wins setting up most goals for his team-mates.

At the City Park Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya Police missed the chance to cement their place at the top after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Strathmore University Gladiators in a Saturday late kick-off match.

The law enforcers dominated the match but were unable to find a breakthrough against a defensive Gladiators side.

In other matches played yesterday at the same venue, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) upset Daystar Falcons 3-0 in a women’s National League match.

Goals from Esther Wakonyo, Josephine Ouma and Vivian Gekonyo were enough to hand the Juja-based lasses their first win of the season against a Falcons side that wasted numerous chances in the match.

The win saw JKUAT move above their opponents in the league standings as the second leg commences.

In the men’s National League, Parkroad Tigers beat Daystar 3-0 with a brace from Godfrey Bila and one goal from Fredrick Omondi. University of Nairobi scored a last minute winner to edge out Kabarak University 3-2.

The two teams were locked at two-all before John Kaloti finished off a penalty corner to break Kabarak’s hearts.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION