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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.

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