Green Sharks have displaced Butali Warriors to sit second behind Kenya Police in the ongoing Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Men’s Premier League after a 2-0 win over KCA University at the City Park Stadium.
The win thus earned the Sharks the second spot with 52 points following their latest victory. Sharks are 18 points clear behind the log leaders Police and should they win their next two matches slated for January 14 against defending champions Strathmore and January 28 against Parklands, they will still not come close to grab the log lead.
Sharks have played 26 matches leaving last season’s runners-up, Butali Sugar with seven matches at hand to complete their run this season. Butali on a 51-point run, hope to win all their remaining fixtures to hit 72 points while pray that their rivals Police lose all their three matches to surpass them by two points.
Kenyatta University and Wazalendo will play host to the law enforcers in earlier rounds before Butali get a chance to tackle Police thereafter at the City Park Stadium in their last fixture of the season on February 4 and thereafter the trophy presentation takes place.
The league resumes on January 14 when Police and Butali will have to bully university sides, bottom-placed TUK and KU respectively. It will be joyous moments for Police should they win the encounter which a win will see them await to be crowned champions on February 4.
Meanwhile, record champions, Telkom Kenya will be looking at ending this season unbeaten after their initial plot to finish the league having not conceded a goal was crushed by Strathmore Scorpions despite winning the match at the close. Telkom will be crowned the women’s league champions on February 4 despite having four encounters at hand.
Telkom will play university sides UON, MMU, KU and later end their run with bottom-placed MSC during the big day itself. Telkom have registered 51 points, 14 ahead of Strathmore and 17 ahead of third-placed Chase Amira.
Fourth-placed USIU-Africa on a 34 points run is the only side expected to alter the standings on resumption next year as they have six pending matches which if they have the will, they could easily find themselves finish as the runners up. JKUAT complete the top five spots with a 25 points run after 16 rounds of play.