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Police return for combat

By Amos Abuga
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Kenya Police captain Richard Birir controls the ball during a past action against Eastern Company of Egypt at City Park Stadium. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE

Former Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s premier league champions Kenya Police will return to action against Western Jaguars hoping for maximum points at the City Park Stadium Saturday.

The law enforcers have not been in action since losing to holders Butali Sugar Warriors 1-0 in the opening week of September.

On that particular occasion, Francis Kariuki scored the lone goal to condemn the 2017 winners to their third defeat of the season.

Before that defeat, Police had lost 2-1 to Wazalendo to, perhaps, justify the lukewarm season. The other defeat was a 2-1 to Butali in April.

Coach Patrick Mugambi hopes the month-long break will help the team in the remaining seven games of the season.

“We have already lost thrice this season alone, that the worst we have done in the last three seasons. I believe we can do better than that,” Mugambi noted.

“The boys know you can not afford to in such a. Manner and be able to compete for the title,” added Mugambi, whose side has managed five wins, three draws and a similar number of losses.

Ahead of facing Jaguars, a side Police beat 5-3 in Kakamega in the first leg, Mugambi is calling on his sides to make a statement in the match.

“We need that victory as a motivation of what is expected of us,” added Mugambi, whose side have 18 points and with two games at hand.

Jaguars, who have their work cut out for the weekend, will face second-placed Wazalendo Saturday at the City Park Stadium.

Peter Okova’s side (Jaguars) despite having a fine start to the season have yet to hit the heights of the first leg of the season. 

The final men’s premier league match will involve United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa) taking on bottom-placed Parklands.

In the women’s Premier league, Kenyatta University have two matches lined up for the weekend first against Amira Sailors Saturday the other match will be against Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology JKUAT.