Or­ange re­tain crown

Telkom hu­mil­i­ate Amira Sailors to win their 19th league ti­tle in a row

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

Or­ange Telkom beat Amira Sailors 4-0 to re­tain the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s Pre­miere League ti­tle for the 19th year in a row at the City Park Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Two goals from In­ter­na­tional Jack­line Mwangi in the 12th and 57th minute and a goal each from Mau­reen Okumu ( 33rd) and Fla­vian Mu­tiva ( 66th) were enough to help coach Jos Openda’s side fin­ish the league on 22 points un­beaten.

The match be­gun on high tempo with Or­ange dom­i­nat­ing the first 10 min­utes of play. Telkom had a cou­ple of short cor­ners in the early min­utes but they were waste­ful on their de­liv­ery.

Or­ange con­tin­ued mak­ing in­roads and their ef­forts paid off with a short cor­ner in the 12th minute. Au­drey Omaido will­ingly stepped up to drag the ball and Mwangi fired past Sailors goal­keeper Racheal Kerubo to put the cham­pi­ons in the lead.

Or­ange should have made it two in 20th minute but Terry Juma failed to con­vert a penalty cor­ner. With 15 min­utes to the end of first half, Sailors be­gun to re-group to try and put their act to­gether but were poor on their de­liv­ery and were pun­ished in the 33rd minute when the fas­tris­ing Okumu scored through a field goal as Telkom went into the break two goal up.

Both teams started the sec­ond half on a low note but Or­ange set­tled in early, forc­ing their op­po­nents to play in their own half.

In the 57th minute, Mwangi re­turned to haunt the new­com­ers with a fan­tas­tic field goal be­fore Mu­tiva wrapped up the win for the cham­pi­ons in the 66th with a su­perb field goal.

Or­ange head coach Openda in an in­ter­view, said: “I am happy we man­aged to re­tain the tro­phy. The sea­son has been com­pet­i­tive this time round. We would have loved to cel­e­brate the ti­tle but I think the real cel­e­bra­tion will only come next year when we win the Africa Club Cham­pi­onship to be staged in Nairobi in Jan­uary 7-15.”

He added: “It’s no time to sit on the lau­rels. We have to work on our 2016 sea­son’s mis­takes and get ready for the Africa Club Cham­pi­onship.”

In an ear­lier match played at the same venue, Strath­more Univer­sity hu­mil­i­ated Daystar Univer­sity 9-0 to fin­ish sec­ond on the log with 20 points.

Yvonne Karanja scored a hat-trick for Strath­more in the 10th,19th and 22nd minute while Denise Odongo added a brace( 7th and 66th minute).

Vir­ginia Wanyee ( 19th), Win­nie Odongo ( 28th), Judy Od­hi­ambo ( 49th) and Gilly Okumu ( 70th) scored a goal each for the side coached by Me­shack Senge. Strath­more fin­ished third in the 2015 sea­son.

“WE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO CEL­E­BRATE BUT I THINK REAL CEL­E­BRA­TION WILL COME WHEN WE WIN AFRICA CLUB CHAM­PI­ONSHIP NEXT YEAR,” OPENDA

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Or­ange Telkom team af­ter a game/

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