En route to winning the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men 2017/2018 premier league, Kenya Police were held to a 1-1 stalemate in season ender clash played at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.
The law enforcers will be crowned champions on Sunday after bouncing back following a four-year trophy drought courtesy of an unbeatable 77 points lead in the league. Police have only registered a single loss, drew twice and won 25 matches out of the 28 they have played this season.
Their goal came in the 28th minute off Amos Birkibir stick while Seth Oburu flicked Butali’s leveller with a minute left on the clock. Butali Sugar on the other hand finished the season as the runners-up with 70 points off 22 wins, four stalemates and two losses.
The sugar millers finished as the runners up last season thus maintaining their good form throughout the season despite failing to win the title. Defending champions Strathmore Gladiators remain the talk of the league after they only managed nine wins to finish eighth.
Police coach Kenneth Kaunda had hoped for a win stepping into the pitch but the stalemate to him is nothing short of a reminder of how far they have come to win a title in a very competitive league.
“We hoped for a win but our opponents were tough as we expected and the draw speaks volumes of how competitive this season has been, so we can only hope that after we are crowned champions we will go ahead and defend the title next season,” said Kaunda.
Butali Sugar’ team manager Kamal Sembi on the other hand also admitted that the league was competitive. “If we maintained our winning consistency then it could have been a different story but that is not so because of a few relapses and surprises from all teams because the league grows very unpredictable and competitive in nature with each season.
We will be looking at signing a few top players to boost our performance next season,” said Kamal. Finishing the league at third place will be the crowd’s favourite Green Sharks hockey club with 52 points off 16 wins and six stalemates.
Coming in fourth place is Wazalendo who tied with fifth-placed USIU-A at 42 points. USIU-Africa however, has a match at hand, a match if won could see them trade places with Wazalendo.