Or­ange a point away from ti­tle

KHU women’s league cham­pi­ons seek to re­tain the crown for 19th year

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

Cham­pi­ons Or­ange Telkom only need a point to re­tain the 2016 Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s Pre­mier League ti­tle for a record 19th year.

The side, coached by Jos Openda, will face Amira Sailors in their re­main­ing league match mid this month.

The reign­ing cham­pi­ons de­feated last year’s run­ners up Slid­ers 6-0 on Sun­day to main­tain their un­beaten run in the sea­son.

Au­drey Omaido was on tar­get four times ( 10th, 31st,42nd and 54th min­utes) as Lil­ian Aura ( 55th) and Jane Ofula ( 66th) scored a goal each to give Or­ange a de­served win.

Or­ange Telkom’s arch ri­vals Strath­more Univer­sity routed Keny­atta Univer­sity 2-0 to take their tra­di­tional sec­ond place on the log with 14 points from six matches, five points adrift of league lead­ers Or­ange Telkom, who have 19 points from seven matches. The stu­dents scored through Yvonne Karanja ( 22nd) and Nancy Wan­jue ( 31st).

Amira Sailors and United States In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Africa (USIU-A) com­plete the top four po­si­tions with 11 points each although the Sailors have su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence with a game in hand.

The sailors have played six matches while the stu­dents have played seven. In the men’s Pre­mier League pool A, cham­pi­ons Bu­tali Sugar War­riors com­pleted their pre­lim­i­nary group matches with a 4-1 win over the USIU ‘A’.

Fol­low­ing the win, Bu­tali, who have al­ready booked a play-off slot, are in pole po­si­tion with 21 points and finished the group matches with 21 points un­beaten.

Strath­more Univer­sity, who are sec­ond in Pool ‘A’ also wrapped up their group stage match with 1-0 win against Keny­atta Univer­sity.

The War­riors will play Green Sharks, who are sec­ond in Pool ‘B’ in one of the play-off ties set for later this month at the City Park Sta­dium while Kenya Po­lice, who lead Pool ‘B’ with 13 points will bat­tle Strath­more Univer­sity in an­other play-off.

In the men’s na­tional league, Parkroad Tigers squan­dered the chance to move top of league as they played to a bar­ren draw with Multi Me­dia Univer­sity.

Af­ter week­end re­sults, the Tigers are third on league stand­ing with 16 points from seven matches with in­fe­rior goal dif­fer­ence com­pared to Waza­l­endo Youth and Im­pala, who also have 16 points. Waza­l­endo en­joy a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.



Or­ange Telkom cap­tain Betsy Omalla (R) leads her team in train­ing at City Park in Nairobi on March 20

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