USIU-Africa are now third on the Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League table after Brian Kiplimo’s brace helped them beat Sikh Union of Nairobi 2-1 in a midweek fixture at the City Park stadium on Wednesday night.
The win sees the students trade places with Butali Warriors as they are now third on the log with 37 points, three shy of second-placed Green Sharks while Kenya Police remain in a comfortable lead with 52 points. Sikh stepped on the pitch as favourites having walloped the students 5-0 in the corresponding fixture in April but USIU-Africa were determined to right those wrongs and duly got their reward.
Kiplimo opened the scoring with a successful penalty attempt to give USIU-Africa a 1-0 lead in the third minute, the students staying resolute in defence to take their advantage into half-time. The second goal for the students came late in the third quarter with a minute left to its end when Kiplimo scored what would turn out to be the match winner.
Sikhs fought back and managed to score their consolation in the last quarter courtesy of Amit Rajput but USIU-Africa stayed tight in defence to claim victory. Victory would have seen Sikh Union—who were coming off a humiliating 3-4 loss to KCA University—trade places with Parkroad Badgers who are sixth as they remain seventh on the log with 28 points after 18 matches.
USIU-Africa will now be hoping for a win against Chase Sailors on Sunday to stay level on points with Sharks in the event the second-placed side fails to pick maximum points against Jaguars on Saturday.