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‘Coolie’ powers Simba past Wazalendo as Greensharks triumps

Tom Olal of Parkroad (red/black) in action against Western Jaguars in a past match

March 21, 2011… NOCK Kenya floodlights hockey tournament winners Nairobi Simba extended their reign at the top of the KHU mens premier league table by getting a second win in as many matches this past weekend.

Nairobi Simba edged out old-timers Wazalendo by 1 – 0 in a tightly contested match on Sunday evening. The match was marred by complaints from both teams on poor officiating, and had to be stopped for 10 minutes when Wazalendo players threatened to walk out of the pitch in protest. This followed a contested call by one of the match officials, giving Nairobi Simba a penalty flick on the grounds that a Wazalendo player, Limo*, had blocked a goal bound ball with a ‘back-stick’.

The Wazalendo players latter agreed to have the flick taken and, much to their relief, veteran goal keeper James Owiti blocked the penalty flick. The tense match then went on to completion without any incidences. Simba stalwart Inderjit Matharu scored the loan goal in the 39th minute through a short corner.

This was the second successive loss for Wazalendo after having lost to Green Sharks the previous weekend. This leaves Wazalendo rooted at the bottom 4 of the KHU mens premier league table.

Earlier on, Greensharks had battled to a narrow 3 – 2 win over USIU-A in another tightly contested KHU premier league match. This was the second win for the Sharks and the second loss for the students in as many matches.

The self-sponsored club had trailed the students for much of the match and was forced to come from 2 – 1 down to level and get the winning goal after a momentary lapse of concentration by the USIU-A side. Kevin Simuyu opened the scores for the Sharks in the 28th minute but USIU-A’s Caleb Mutere quickly canceled the lead less than 5 minutes latter. Caleb was on point once again a minute before half time, giving the students a 2 – 1 half time lead.

However, Greensharks attacking duo of Leon Magomere and Wachira did not relent in their pursuit for an equalizer. They were rewarded after Leon got the equalized 22 minutes into the second half and substitute Frank Omondi netted the winner 3 minutes latter.

The first match on Sunday saw league returnees Nakuru Athletic Club making minced meat of debutants Multi-media University by drubbing them 3 goals to nothing. Multimedia University however gave a good account of themselves, creating several scoring chances but failing to capitalize.

Saturday saw KCA-U hand Parkroad their second defeat of the season in a match that ended 2 – 0. The University students exerted their dominance from the start but were kept on check by the experienced Parkroad side. KCA’s Inspirational player Gordon Oduor ‘Godi’, and Bildad Namawa netted the two goals.

Parkroad lost one of its key players, Fred Omondi, to injury from a raised ball, giving the students the upper hand in the duel. The injured player was rushed to the nearby Agakhan hospital for treatment for an eye-socket fracture.

Sunday: Nairobi Simba 1 – Wazalendo 0, USIU-A 2 – Green Sharks 3, Nakuru Athletic 3 – Multimedia Uni 0

Saturday: Parkroad 0 – KCA 2, Nakuru Athletic 1 – Parklands 1

western high school finals:

The weekend also saw hot hockey action going on in Western province as the boys and girls high schools battled for a chance to represent the province in next months hockey national school games.

Pools: Boys – pool A kakamega,mundika,st peters mumias, cheptais. pool B kamusinga,kolanya, nyangori,kivaywa

: pool A kakamega vs mundika 3-O, kakamega st peter’s 3-0, st peters vs cheptais 2-1, mundika vs cheptags 3-0 pool B kamusinga vs nyangori 5-0,kolanya vs kivaywa 5-0,kamusinga vs kivaywa 4-0,kolanya vs nyangori 3-0 more

Semi finals: Boys – Kamusinga vs St.Peters Mumias, Kakamega vs Kolanya. Girls – Butere girls vs Chakol 5-0,Misikhu vs Bishop Njenga 1-0.

Finals: Boys – Kakamega High vs Kamusinga (both qualify for nationals) Girls: Western provincial Girls semis  Butere n Misikhu meet in the finals n hv qualify 4 Nationals

*Reports courtesy of Conrad Bihembo, Bramwel Lidgodi, Peter Wokova

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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.

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.

Sliders regain form as Strathmore pressures Police

The last weekend of August had lots of great hockey going on with a few surprises too! In the mens premier league matches, all the top four teams were in action.

Current leaders Kenya Police were facing their toughest test yet against number 2, Nairobi Simba. Both teams are yet to loose a math this season and they seemed to like it left that way after battling to a 3 – 3 draw. The draw ensured that Kenya Police maintained its top slot, though its Nairobi Simba that breathed a sigh of relief since it has faced all its toughest opponents (Strathmore, Green Sharks and Kenya Police) and got draws from them all.

Current league champions Strathmore University Gladiators were put to the test late Sunday evening, but managed to get a labored 2 -1 win over a resilient Parkroad team. Strathmore were the first to score in the 6th minute but Parkroad got the equalizer 15 minutes latter. The students then scored the winning goal in the second half.

In Mombasa, last seasons semi-finalists Green Sharks were held to a 2 – 2 draw by a hard fighting Mvita team. The Sharks seemed complacent and looked a distant team from the one that put 5 goals past Wazalendo just over a fortnight ago.

The weekend results leave Kenya Police as number one with 14 points, Strathmore at number two with 13 points and Nairobi Simba at number three with 12 points. All teams, with the exception of Kisumu Simba, Western Jaguars and USIU-A have played at least 5 games.

The womens league saw sliders regain their respect by drumming two goals past their hosts Mombasa Sports Club. Sliders have had a poor streak and the win serves as a morale boost for the once formidable team.

Other matches saw Kimathi University loose to Parklands hockey club. The win puts Parklands in a good position to qualify for the premier league next season.