Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s premier league defending champs Kenya Police humbled Butali Warriors 3-0 in a heated match at the Nairobi City Park to regain standings command on a 24 points trail after ending their opponent’s unbeaten run.
Following the loss to Police on Sunday, Butali dropped a place to seat second on the log with 21 points though with a match at hand, recovery is possible for the Warriors should they win their next match against Strathmore slated for June 23 at the same venue.
Elated by their return to the peak, Police skipper Oliver Echenje congratulated his boys for their Sunday performance amid tension that engulfed the stadium when last season top two sides met for the first time this season.
“We came into the match with an aim to disappoint our opponent and we achieved our three points objective as team despite the tension build up a week before the match whereby we lost 2-1 to them in during the Mombasa indoor five-aside tournament,” said Echenje.
Unlike last season, Butali made new signings this season a move predicted to mainly look at countering Police for the title this season but Police worked all round the stadium with a dreaded defence pattern to cut off ball supply to Butali’s scoring machines, George Mutira and Zack Aura.
Butali team manager Kamal Sembi took the loss as a lesson to prepare for the return match.
“Police was the better side on Sunday and we give credit to them. The return match should be a different script though-having picked our lessons from that loss,” said Sembi.
Green Sharks hockey club held onto the third place with 17 points after nine matches while Wazalendo and KCA-U maintain their fourth and fifth places with 16 and nine points respectively.
Wazalendo maintained grip on the fourth place courtesy of a 1-0 away win over Park Road while KCA-U could have banked six points from their weekend but was held to a 1-1 stalemate by Nakuru on Sunday to bank on a point in their second match. The students had sunk Strathmore Gladiators 2-0 in a varsity derby played on Saturday.
In the women’s premier league, Telkom beat JKUAT women’s team 2-0 to maintain their unbeaten run with a superior 15 points standings lead. Unbeaten Strathmore Scorpions come in second place with 12 points with a match at hand.