By: BRIAN YONGA
The Strathmore University Scorpions will be out to move into second place when they take on basement side Mount Kenya University on Saturday at City Park Stadium in one of the 10 Kenya Hockey Union league matches lined up this weekend.
Scorpions, last season’s women’s national league runners up, are currently in third place with 16 points after seven matches and a win will see them leapfrog second-placed Sliders and move eight points behind leaders and champions Telkom Orange.
The university side were impressive in last weekend’s 2-1 derby win over USIU Spartans and will be looking to build on that display as they seek to close in on Orange. The team seems to be coping well in the absence of their two signings, Pauline Naise and Margaret Rotich, both of whom have since left the club.
Former Orange forward Rotich left the club after playing just four games to pursue other interests while Naise has yet to feature for the club since she was snapped up from Spartans early this year.
“We could not stand in their way, they made their decisions and we respect that. They are two players we hoped would help us challenge for the title but it was not meant to be. The rest of the squad have what it takes to get the job done,” Scorpions coach Meshack Senge told Saturday Nation Sport on Friday.
OKUMU TO START
Strikers Gilly Okumu and Rachel Ousa, who scored in last weekend’s win, are expected to lead the university side’s attack against an MKU side that lost 10-1 against Sliders last weekend and has only won once this season.
MKU coach James Waruta has challenged his team to put last weekend’s disastrous performance behind them and focus on getting three points.
“We have worked on our defensive weaknesses which were exposed last weekend and I’m confident we will bounce back and get a good result against Scorpions tomorrow (Saturday),” the coach said.
In the men’s premier league, third-placed Greensharks can move to within four points of Kenya Police if they beat visiting Western Jaguars this afternoon. Sharks, who had a poor start to the season, have recovered well and are unbeaten in their last five matches.
Jaguars complete their visit of the city tomorrow when they take on USIU and will be hoping to come out with six points from the two fixtures.
FIXTURES (All matches at City Park unless stated)
National women: Strathmore v MKU- 2pm
Premier men: MSC v Parklands – 2pm (Mombasa)
Mvita v Parkroad – 4pm (Mombasa)
Greensharks v Jaguars -6pm
National men: Ksm Youngstars v Multimedia – 4pm
Premier men: MSC v Parkroad – 8.30am (Mombasa)
W. Jaguars v USIU – 9 am
Mvita v Parklands – 10am (Mombasa)
National men: Ksm Youngstars v Kimathi – 11am
MKU v Multimedia – 1pm