Monthly Archives: October 2010

Breaking news – Strathmore retains KHU league title

Fred Oracha of Strathmore Gladiators lifts the trophy during a past tournament. Strathmore has successfuly retained the 2010/2011 KHU mens trophy

City Park, Nairobi  31/10/2010 – Strathmore University Gladiators have successfully retained the Kenya Hockey Union mens premier league trophy. In a classic universities derby, the Gladiators put 4 goals past KCA University to get the goal difference advantage over second-time runner up Kenya Police.

Strathmore and Kenya Police were tied on points and the students needed at least 4 goals and a win to retain the title. They got both.

Last seasons finals saw Kenya Police loose to Strathmore by 2 – 1 in a play-off format that was scrapped off after protests from the law enforcers.

KCA now seems likely to finish in a respectable 4th position, given that this is their maiden league appearance.

Telkom Orange has already retained its womens national league title too.

Other weekend matches: Kisumu Simba 0 – 1 Nairobi Simba. Sliders 0 – 0 Virgin Vikings.

Police players warming down after their match with the KCA. The match ended in a 2 - 2 draw.

African Hockey Federation (AHF) has given Kenya a chance to enter two teams in the men and women’s category during the forthcoming African Clubs Championships and the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) have chosen Kenya Police and the United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) Ladies as additional teams to represent the country at the continental event.

Reigning Kenya champions Strathmore University and Orange received automatic qualification for the championships by winning the men and women’s leagues last season.

KHU Secretary General, Vivian Agunda says USIA-A and Police were selected because they were runners up last year, in the women and men’s categories.

The hockey championships were transferred to Accra, Ghana, after Zambia, which was to host them, backed off.

It will be the first time USIU-A will be taking part at the event slated for December 9-18 in Accra, Ghana.

“We hope Kenya Police will make it this time round after failing to attend last year,” said Agunda.

Additional information here

Wazalendo humbled as Orange triumphs

The Kenya Hockey league took a break last weekend to pave way for the Sana Memorial tournament in Mombasa. The 2 day event had 20 teams including Africa Champions Orange Ladies and last seasons runner-up Kenya Police.

The tournament is in memory of Angelo de Souza, a founder and manager of Baobab Hockey Club, a team based in the Coast.

Home team Mombasa Institute won the mens tournament by beating Wazalendo 5 – 4 on penalties. The game had ended 1 – 1 after full time and extra time.

Orange ladies clinched the women s cup.

Action resumes this coming weekend with the mens premier league champions set to be decided on Sunday 31st October afternoon at 4:00 pm at City Park, Nairobi.

Orange survive to beat Strathmore as Sharks fail to impress again

Green Sharks players stretching before facing Wazalendo in an earlier encounter. The match ended 5 - 1 in favor of the Sharks

Africa champions Orange Ladies have all but sealed their 11th consecutive Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) title. With an impressive 15 point gap between the champions and the second placed team USIU-A ladies, Orange now have all their eyes set for the upcoming Africa Club Cup championship in December in Accra, Ghana.

The champions were however made to sweat for a narrow 3 -2 win over league debutants Strathmore University Scorpions. The fast paced match played at City Park Nairobi was all set for a 2 – 2 all draw before Orange scored the wining goal on the 70th minute. Betty Tioni opened the scoring in the 10 minute before Jacky Ogot added a second 15 minutes latter. However, strathmore’s Norah Kijala rallied the students to a 2 all draw by scoring two brilliant goals. Tioni later rescued the Orange ladies with a last minute goal, second before the final whistle.

The mens premier league got the excitement it needed with the two main title contenders in action. Kenya Police played their last game against last years semi-finalists Green Sharks while champions Strathmore Gladiators were away to Western Jaguars in Kakamega. The Sharks failed to impress a second time by losing their second match in as many weeks. Police won 1 – 0 against an uncoordinated Sharks side.  Strathmore continued to pile pressure on the cops by pumping 6 goals past their harpless hosts. Jaguars got a consolation goal to end the game 6 -1 in favour of Strathmore.

Other matches saw waning giants Kisumu Simba loose its 2 weekend matches against Parkroad and Wazalendo by a 1 – 0 margin in both games. Hosts mombasa also won USIU-A ladies 2 – 0 as the USIU-A men also slumped to a 2 – 0 defeat by Mvita IX. The national mens league saw Mombasa SC loose by 1 – 0 to visiting Barbarians.

The league resumes next week.

Strathmore complicates race as Orange smells 11th title

Lilian Aura of Strathmore University Scorpions

Kenya Hockey Union 2010 mens premier league title race is wide open.

Strathmore University Gladiators hard fought 2 – 1 win over last seasons semi-finalists Greend Sharks denied Kenya Police the early celebration they had hoped for. The university side eliminated the Sharks with the same margin at the semi-final of last season. The police side now top the league with one match to go while KCA-University and Strathmore follow closely tied at 17 points. Premier league debutants KCA-U have a superior goal difference.

The womens league is a seasled deal with Orange ladies leading by over 10 points. The Orange ladies drubbed Sliders 3 goals to 1 in a Saturday afternoon encounter at City Park, Nairobi. The win almost guarantees the Orange ladies an 11th consecutive win, confirming their dominance of the Kenya Hockey Union ladies league.

Other matches in the KHU ladies league saw the renewed Virgin Vikings maintain their good run buy holding debutants Strathmore Scorpions to a 1 all draw. Kimathi University also had a 1-all drwa with Barbarians in the KHU mens national league match.

Weekend summary:
Virgin Vikings vs Strathmore Univ. Scorpions [ 1 - 1 ]
Green Sharks vs Strathmore Univ. Gladiators [ 1 - 2 ]
Orange Ladies vs Sliders [ 3 - 1]
kimathi Univ. vs The Barbarians [ 1 - 1 ]