Butali Sugar Warriors back to hunting ways as league leaders Police open a 13-point gap in the title race

Africa Cup Championship at City Park. Kenya Butali Sugar Saidi Okwemba when they played Eastern during Africa Cup Championship at City Park. ON 11/01/2017 PHOTO; JENIPHER WACHIE

Former Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League champions Butali Sugar Warriors had a successful week as they scored a double victory at the weekend.

Their midweek 2-0 win over Parkroad Badgers set them on the path to earning nine crucial points that propelled them to second place, up from fourth.

They have 45 points from 19 rounds of matches, 13 less than leaders Kenya Police, who remain unbeaten after 20 outings. Warriors beat Nairobi Sikh Union 3-1 and Chase Sailors 3-0 on Saturday and Sunday to revive their hopes of a top two finish.

The 2015 champions seem to be regaining their footing after a shaky season that has seen them lose two matches to Police in the first round and to Greensharks in the second leg. They have also drawn thrice, dropping six more points.

Warriors captain Kenneth Nyongesa remained hopeful, saying even though reclaiming their title was a feat they might not achieve, a top two finish was more realistic.

“We had to adjust our goals to more practical ones and I think this season we can only fight for second place. Police have been in fine form and thinking we can even snatch the title, which they already have in one hand, is unrealistic,” Nyongesa said.

He added that going forward, they were determined to earn points from every match played. Greensharks were pushed to third place with 43 points while United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) are fourth with 38.

Last year’s winners Strathmore University Gladiators are ninth with 22 points while Technical University of Kenya are last with six points from 21 rounds of matches.

Western Jaguars, who survived demotion, seem to be courting relegation as they are 14th with 18 points from 18 matches. Kenyatta University Vultures are 13th while their Kenya College of Accountancy University counterparts are 12th, two places above the relegation zone.

Telkom enjoy an eight-point advantage at the peak of the women’s title chase with 42 points from 14 matches. The 19-time league champions, who had their spotless season tainted in their 3-2 win over rivals Strathmore Scorpions on Sunday, have scored 85 goals.

Next Story
Wanyama’s return to action draws near

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama returned to training for the Premier League club on Monday as he recovers from a knee injury sustained at the start of the campaign. The 26-year-old Kenyan international, who missed just two league games last season, featured in the north London club’s first two matches before picking up the injury ahead of the home match against Burnley in August

Arsenal's Europa League hopes to be tested by Swedish giants

Arsenal's hopes of Europa League glory will be tested in the last 32 by Swedish minnows Ostersunds, ironically coached by the only English manager left in European competition and founded in the same month Arsene Wenger took over the Gunners.

Real eyes Liverpool star in mouthwatering deal

Real Madrid are readying a player-plus-cash deal to take Mo Salah to the Bernabeu - and are willing to offload Lucas Vazquez in the other direction. That is according to Don Balon, who say Los Blancos are serious about their interest in the Egyptian who has taken the Premier League by storm this season.

Gor Mahia dominate season’s nominees list

The Gor Mahia attacking trio of George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, and Meddie Kagere have made the eight-man shortlist for the inaugural Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Player of the Year award. The three, who scored a combined 32 goals to help K’Ogalo win a record 16th Kenyan Premier League title, will battle it out with their captain, Musa Mohammed, and last year’s winner, Kenneth Muguna, for the top accolade.

Oburu carries Kenya's title hopes

The forced smile on the face of Harambee Stars' head coach Paul Put at the final whistle of their last group A match against Tanzania yesterday told it all. Kenya were staring at the exit door of the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup yesterday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Stars knew that anything less than maximum points against Taifa Stars would see them walk away in shame.

Salah named BBC African player of the year

Egypt star Mohamed Salah won the prestigious BBC African Player of the Year award on Monday, rewarded for a 2017 packed with sparkling displays for Liverpool, Roma and his national team. The 25-year-old topped a poll that saw a record number of votes cast after firing Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and almost single-handedly taking Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990, scoring five and setting up their other two goals in qualifying.

More Stories
Hockey: Jaguars crown successful city tour with 2-0 win over champions Strathmore

Jaguars leave a mark after City Park invasion: Jaguars crown successful city tour with 2-0 win over champions Strathmore

Hockey: TUK share spoils with Gladiators

Technical University of Kenya (TUK) yesterday held champions Strathmore University Gladiators to a 1-1 draw in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier league match at City Park.

Hockey: Amira condemn struggling Sliders to more misery

Amira Sailors piled more misery on the struggling Sliders after they defeated them 3-0 in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s league match yesterday at City Park.

Hockey: Former champions yet to lose match this season

With seven rounds of matches left, there's no looking back for the men in uniform.

Hockey: Champions open 11-point gap in league battle

Side eyes unprecedented 20th gong as race hots up.

Hockey: Former champions crown weekend with double victory

Former Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League champions Butali Sugar Warriors had a successful week as they scored a double victory at the weekend.

Hockey: Telkom’s search for spotless season continues

Champions Telkom will have to wait until next season in their search for league title victory without conceding a goal.