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
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
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
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.