Telkom Orange out to tighten grip on top spot

By: BRIAN YONGA

Champions Telkom Orange will be looking to maintain their eight-point lead atop of the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s national league when they take on Vikings on Sunday at the City Park Stadium.

The match is one of 11 league encounters lined up for this weekend in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Orange, who are chasing an unprecedented 18th league title, are in ominous form, wining all their 10 league matches so far and only conceding once.

They have scored an astonishing 82 league goals so far and top the standings with 30 points. Orange coach Jos Openda believes every match they play is a build up to the Africa Club Championship which gets underway next month in Zambia where his team are also the defending champions.

“Our target is retaining the club championship next month. We are in a good position in the league but that does not mean we get complacent, we play to win every match,” the coach told Nation Sport on Friday.

The reverse fixture ended 6-0 in favour of the champions but Vikings, who are fifth in the standings, have vowed to give Orange a run for their money.

“They (Orange) are definitely the favourites but we will not be intimidated. We just have to be on top of our game and ensure we don’t make any mistakes,” Vikings coach Clyde Mmbaha said.

Second-placed Strathmore University Scorpions take on third-placed Sliders tomorrow in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. The university side leads their opponents on goal difference and will be out to claim all points as they seek to maintain their title bid.

Scorpions won the first leg encounter 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Kenya international Yvonne Karanja and Sunday’s encounter promises to be another cracking affair.

SIKH FACE WAZALENDO

In the men’s premier league, 2012 champions Sikh Union Nairobi will move to third place with a win over Wazalendo at the City Park Stadium.

The former champions have blown hot and cold this term and will miss the services of international Allan Iningu, who is out with a broken arm.

Wazalendo on the other hand will look to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Kenya Police.

Two-time league champions Strathmore Gladiators welcome Parkroad at the City Park Saturday evening as they seek their first win in three matches in another premier league encounter.

In the men’s second-tier league, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) take on Technical University of Kenya (Tuk) while Daystar University tackle Thika Rovers as the race for promotion gains momentum.

FIXTURES (All matches at City Park Stadium unless stated)

Saturday

National men: JKUAT v Tuk- (12pm), Daystar v Thika Rovers (2pm), Chase Sailors v Karate Axiom (4pm)

National women: Mombasa Sports Club v USIU (4pm) – Mombasa

Premier men: Strathmore v Parkroad (6pm)

Sunday

National women: MKU v Daystar – (9am), Orange v Vikings (11am), Strathmore v Sliders (1pm)

Premier men: Sikh Union v Wazalendo (3pm), MSC v Mvita XI (3pm)- Mombasa

National men : TUK v Kimathi (5pm)

SOURCE: DAILY NATION