Butali outsmart  Mombasa rivals in hockey league

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 04:28 | By
Butali forwards led by Frank Wanangwe (right) in celebration after scoring against Kenya Police at the City Park Stadium on Sunday. PD/Alex Njue

It was a high-scoring affair in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) leagues that did not witness a single stalemate across the men’s and women’s leagues. 

The matches featured the top four teams in the men’s premier league where defending champions Butali Warriors won against Mombasa Sports Club 6-0 at kick-off on Saturday.

 Butali’s forward Festus Onyango scored a hattrick in the match where the opponents were not given a chance to score a consolation. 

After a pulsating scoreless first quarter, experienced line breaker Zack Aura scored the much-awaited opening goal in the 25th minute that inspired Festus Onyango and George Mutira to score a goal each within the last five minutes of the second quarter. 

Festus Onyango completed his hattrick courtesy of scoring two goals within the first five minutes of the third quarter that changed the match that would be sealed by the sixth goal by experienced Arif Shah. 

Visiting Mombasa Sports Club would later suffer another 3-1 to second-placed Western Jaguars on Sunday morning a day after the Jaguars had registered a similar score to beat Green Sharks at the City Park stadium. 

Missing in action

James Omondi scored the lone goal that levelled the scores but it was not enough for MSC to beat the roaring Jaguars who had Bethuel Masambu score a brace. 

In the match, Richard Njuki scored the third goal for the Jaguars who remain firmly in second place behind Butali and a place ahead of former champions Kenya Police who are the only top-four side missing in action.   

The Western Jaguars amassed a total of six points which was an honour only achieved by the Kenyatta University men’s side in their super league campaign over the weekend. 

The other men’s premier league fixture honoured over the weekend witnessed hosting Parkroad Badgers clawed 3-0 by Wazalendo. 

The trio of Brian Aura, Cliffe Omari and Alex Mango ensured the three points were safely delivered and the side remains perched fourth on the unchanged standings.

 Meanwhile, the women’s premier league only had one fixture on the menu when former champions Blazers scored two goals past Sliders for a win. 

Joan Ajao and goal-scoring machine Barbra Simiyu gave the Blazers the three points that will add up in determining their league positional finish because the title was long sealed by Strathmore Scorpions a fortnight ago. 

The super leagues were all highlighted by varsity derbies former premier league side Kenyatta University who bagged six points off their two fixtures against MultiMedia University (2-1) and Technical University of Kenya(2-0) in a weekend Nakuru lost two home fixtures against Kisumu Youngstars(1-0) and Parklands Sports Club(3-1). 

In the women’s super league, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) ladies beat Multimedia University (MMU) ladies 2-1 on Saturday and Sunday MMU was handed another loss after a 2-0 whip by Kenyatta University ladies.

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