Green Sharks the first to book play-off spot

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - HOCKEY BY AGNES MAKHANDIA @dor­ry­tik

Green Sharks were the first to book a play-off slot in pool “B” of the Kenya Hockey Union league thanks to 4-1 win over new­com­ers Chase Sailors over the week­end at City Park Sta­dium.

A brace from Alex Kubasu in the 37th and 43rd minute, Felix Ab­dalla’S 42nd and Chris Much­wanju ‘s 57th minute goal proved enough to send the side coached by na­tional women’s team head coach Nixon Nya­ganga to top of pool “B” with 13 points from five matches.

Ti­tus Ngo­lia scored the con­so­la­tion goal for the Sailors in the 54th minute. With the Sharks book­ing the first slot of the play-offs, the re­main­ing slot re­mains wide open for the four teams still in the race for it.

“Save for some du­bi­ous um­pir­ing de­ci­sions, I am happy the play­ers rose to the ac­ca­sion,” Nya­ganga said.

Teams still in the hunt for the re­main­ing slot nclude Kenya Col­lege of Ac­coun­tancy Univer­sity, for­mer cham­pi­ons Kenya Po­lice, Park Road Badgers and Chase Sailors.

KCAU won away beat­ing Western Jaguars 2-1 in Kakamega to take sec­ond place with 10 points from five matches.

Po­lice, who were not in ac­tion over the week­end, are joint third with the Badgers and Sailors, although the law en­forcers en­joy a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

In pool “A” Nairobi Sikhs and United States In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Africa (USIU-A) played out a bar­ren draw and the top four po­si­tions re­main un­changed.

Cham­pi­ons Bu­tali Sugar and Strath­more Univer­sity who were not in ac­tion over the week­end oc­cupy the top two po­si­tions with 15 and 10 points re­spec­tively from five matches, while USIU-A are third with eight points, one ahead of the Nairobi Sikhs from five matches.

In the women’s league, Orange Telkom re­claimed top po­si­tion af­ter 3-0 vic­tory over Vik­ings with 10 points, the same as Amira Sailors although Orange en­joy a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

USIU-A are third with 8 points one ahead of Strath­more Un­ver­sity but the stu­dents have a game in hand.

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ABOVE David Kiv­erenge (L) of Green Sharks tack­les Firoz Sul­tan (R) of Sikh Union as Kevin Simiyu closes in dur­ing their KHU Premier League match at City Park Sta­dium on Fe­bru­ary 20.

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