Po­lice look to ex­tend lead, Telkom face Slid­ers test

Men’s league lead­ers play hosts Nakuru to­day while women’s cham­pi­ons in ac­tion to­mor­row at City Park

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT - BY BRIAN YONGA by­onga@ke.na­tion­media.com

USIU stu­dents play Vik­ings in women’s com­pe­ti­tion at City Park to­mor­row

Run­away lead­ers Kenya Po­lice take their un­beaten run to Nakuru this af­ter­noon as they look to close in on the Kenya Hockey Union men’s Pre­mier League ti­tle.

The law en­forcers will be look­ing to main­tain their 12point ad­van­tage when they take on the hosts at the Green­st­eds grounds.

The fix­ture is one of 13 matches lined up this week­end with 10 of them at City Park Sta­dium, Nairobi.

Women’s cham­pi­ons Telkom will also be aim­ing to keep their 100 per cent record and ex­tend their lead when they take on Slid­ers to­mor­row, while sec­ond-placed USIU Spartans face Vik­ings to­day as they bid to keep the pres­sure on the lead­ers.

Green­sharks, who are sec­ond placed in the men’s top flight league, can­not af­ford any slip up when they wel­come Kakamega’s Western Jaguars this evening. Bot­tom-placed Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Kenya take on Kenya Col­lege of Ac­coun­tancy of Uni­ver­sity (KCA-U) in a rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight to­mor­row.

Tricky hunt­ing ground

In Nakuru, Po­lice will be hop­ing to end a run of two years with­out win at the grass sur­face. With 17 wins from 18 matches, the 2013 cham­pi­ons are favourites to clinch three points. Po­lice coach Ken­neth Kaunda is how­ever warn­ing against any com­pla­cency.

“Nakuru have play­ers who can make life dif­fi­cult for us and they will def­i­nitely come at us. We there­fore need to be on top of our game,” Kaunda said yes­ter­day.

Po­lice skip­per Oliver Echenje, who scored a brace in last week­end’s 4-0 win over KCA-U, will mar­shal the mid­field along­side Wil­lis Okeyo.

Po­lice won the first leg fix­ture

4-0 on April 29 this year.

Club top scorer

Amos Bark­ibir will lead the at­tack along­side Sa­muel

Wok­ila and

Calvin Kanu.

Nakuru coach

Tony Agesa has warned Po­lice to brace for a fight.

“We will not roll over and just al­low them to win, we need the points just like them. It will be thriller,” he said. Nakuru, who are in 10th place with 21 points, beat USIU 3-1 be­fore los­ing 4-1 to for­mer cham­pi­ons Bu­tali Sugar War­riors last week­end.

Sharks could find them­selves 15 points be­hind the lead­ers by the time they kick off at 6pm and coach Ben Owaga ad­mits there is no room for er­ror. The Nairobi-based side will be boosted by last week­end’s 3-1 win over Bu­tali.

“We are hop­ing that they (Po­lice) will drop points soon but we have got to win our matches to have a chance,” Owaga said.

Cham­pi­ons Strath­more Uni­ver­sity Gla­di­a­tors, who have had a sea­son to for­get, will be hop­ing to move fur­ther away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone with a win against

Park­lands.

Felix Okoth of Kenya Po­lice drives the ball dur­ing their Kenya Hockey Union men’s Pre­mier League match against Kenya Col­lege Ac­coun­tancy Uni­ver­sity at City Park Hockey Sta­dium on Novem­ber 4.

MARTIN MUKANGU | NA­TION

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