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Champions startled as KHU league shapes up

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Strathmore's Haggai Pepela during a past league match at City Park, Nairobi

Kenya Hockey Mens defending champions Strathmore were held to a 3 – 3 draw by a resurgent KCA-U, barely 7 days after adding the 2011 Kenyan universities trophy to their cabinet.

KCA dominated the early stages of the game and could have been two goals up by the 20th minute were it not for some great goalkeeping by Strathmore keeper, Sang. Strathmore strikers George Mutira and Davis Wanangwe on the other hand capitalized on laxity of the KCA defence to give the champions a 2 – 0 half time lead.

Strathmore was again on-point in the second half when Francis Eshikuri added a third goal in the 54th minute. The goal was however hotly contested by KCA who felt that it was scored from outside the D-Area.

That was as much dominance as the champions would have, KCA regrouped and pulled one back within 2 minutes, and were back at it again 10 minutes latter with a well executed field goal by Sammy Namonyo to put the scores at 3- 2 with 4 minutes left. The strathmore defense buckled after continuous pressure from KCA, gifting the students the all important equalizer in the 68th minute to settle the match at 3 – 3. The equalizing goal was scored by Jacob Githinji.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) and runner-up Kenya Police were also on a goal scoring spree with UoN hammering National Youth Service (NYS) 9 – 0 and Kenya Police dismissing new-comers Karate Axiom 6 – 1.  Moses Cheplait, Richard Birir,  Sam Oungo, James Munyi, Nelson Ochieng and Olive Echenje scored the goals for Kenya Police. Karate got the consolation goal through Stanlaus Wepondi.

In the KHU national league, Daystar University continued their poor run in the league, loosing 1 – 0 to new comers Multimedia University. Duke Ontiro scored the all important goal in the 53rd minute.

USIU-A also collected three vital points in the KHU National Womens League by defeating Virgin Vikings by 1 goal to nothing. Veteran Lorriane Nondi scored the lone goal in the first half. The win pushed USIU-A to 4th sport behind leaders Orange Telkom, Sliders and Strathmore Ladies. All the top 4 teams in the ladies league have 3 points, separated by goal difference.

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Arms out as Kenya Police fight for survival

Kenya Police captain with a trophy from an earlier tournament.

The Kenya Hockey Union is on the spot for all the wrong reasons even as a completely new set of ‘final’ league table stabdings for the mens premier league with new score lines have been published.

What appeared on the surface as an innocent protest by the Kenya Police after defending champions Strathmore won their deciding match against KCA-University by 4 goals to nothing on Sunday evening is turning out to be a full-scale do-or-die affair; especially with word out that the Police team had been instructed to either win the league this season of be dissolved.

Controversy sorrounds a match apparently played  in Kakamega over 4 weeks ago involving Strathmore against Western Jaguars. The official score line as reported then was 6 – 1 in favor of Strathmore. This was the scoreline used to compute the table standings untill Strathmore won their last match by 4 – 0 to give them a 1 goal advantage over Kenya Police.

This win was the beginging of the University side’s nightmare. A KHU referee, publicly known to be a Kenya Police affilliate and himself an active Kenya Police Officer has now come out to confess that the match between Strathmore and Western Jaguars had no signed match sheet and that the score line (6-1) that he reported 4 weeks ago was an error on his part.

The referee insists the correct scoreline is 5 -1. On Monday evening (1/11/10) , KHU recomputed the tables with the corrections made after Strathmore played its last game on Sunday evening. These are the new and final league table standings. The new standings make Kenya Police and Strathmore tie on all statistics.

Kenya Police also want the outcome of the game between Strathmore and Green Sharks nullified in Green Sharks favour. They claim Strathmore fielded two players – Maxwell Wakhungu and Frank Wanangwe – who had two yellow cards. Strathmore won 2-1.

In addition, the Kenya Police want to be awarded 5 extra goals from their match against Green Sharks, which they won 1-0. The Police men claim the Sharks fielded two players – Godffrey Nyangaga and Edwin Otieno – carrying yellow cards. Should Police prevail, they will get a 5-0 win.

Both matches were played over 1 month ago.

Strathmore has remained tight lipped on the matter, only saying that “The buck stops at the KHU doorstep since we all play to the statistics from the union,”. These statistics have been altered since then.

What do you think of this sceneraio? We’d like to know your opinion.

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.

An open letter to the Kenya Hockey Umpires Association

To
Chairman
Kenya hockey umpires Association

RE: PLAYER,COACH,UMPIRE,TEAM MANAGER

l hope you are well.am very concerned with the latest development of the players who are playing in the Premier league umpiring matches of National league. All or most of these players are coaches or managers of some clubs in the same league.

As much as we require more umpires for hockey in this country ,the hockey union must encourage Players,umpires,coaches,teams and supporters each to play its role to develop hockey as team sport in the country.

During one of the hockey matches at city Park,l heard one of the umpires criticizing another outside in dispute of a foul in the pitch,to make the matters worse the umpire in the pitch was a Player and Coach of certain team.What come in to my mind was suppose both were playing for different teams and another Player umpiring on foul of both player who are umpires,where do we leave others.

l do not have a solution to this problem but l believe KHU or Umpire Association must separate their roles in Hockey management.We can sacrifice but times are getting tough economically making less umpires and less clubs.

We must find a way of rewarding the few qualified umpires to strengthen the Umpires Association.

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Author: George jalango

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One hand on the trophy – Kenya Police

Kenya hockey just witnessed a ‘league changing’ weekend with teams putting their best forward in the run up to the completion of the Kenya Hockey Union 2010 leagues.

KCA-U set the stage for the weekend with a 5-2 romping of USIU-A in a fast paced match on Saturday evening at City Park.  KCA were the first to concede a goal through USIU’s  John Kabuu. USIU’s lead was short lived as KCA quickly equalized in less than 5 minutes after clumsy defensive play from USIU. USIU scored the second goal but lost the lead once again. The resulting sea-saw match saw KCA stamp their authority, ending the match with a much deserved 5 – 2 win. This marked a fifth victory in a row for KCA-U and a swift sail through to a second position in the mens Premier league.

Earlier in the day during a KHU ladies league, Strathmore University (the Scorpions) had a comfortable 3 – 0 victory over visiting Mombasa Sports Club (msc). Were it not for their laid back approach, the Scorpions would have netted a dozen goals, with the visitors looking visible overwhelmed.

MSC were to crush 4 – 0 to Sliders the following morning.

Sunday afternoon saw a top of the league clash with current KHU league leaders Kenya Police battle it out with champions Strathmore Gladiators at City Park, Nairobi. Despite dominating the game, Strathmore’s poor scoring ability came to the fore as the Police men scored a goal and held on to their lead to the last minute. The students were awarded numerous short corners and at one point, had a total of 3 police players out on yellow cards but still failed to capitalize on their numerical advantage.

The win leaves Kenya Police with one hand on the KHU 2010 league trophy, a title the team is yet to win in its history.

Other weekend matches saw Kimathi University win Kenya Polytechnic 2-0 in a Kenya Hockey Union national league match while USIU-A ladies (Spartans) humbled Kenyatta University ladies by a similar margin in the Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) league match.