Nancy Jepchumba’s lone goal in the 13th minute helped Sliders to a slim 1-0 win over Strathmore University as they moved back to second spot in the Kenya Hockey Union women’s national league table.
The win kept Sliders’ intention to reclaim their lost glory in the domestic league as they cut league leaders, Telkom Orange’s point deficit to just seven.
Orange had earlier thumped Vikings 5-0 in a one-sided clash to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches. Audrey Oumado had a brace, while Jane Alula, Captain Betsy Omalla and Jaqueline Jow had one each to help the 17-time national champions subject Vikings to their second loss of the campaign.
Orange who used the match as a build up for the upcoming Africa Club Championship extended their point tally to 33 while Sliders moved to 25 points.
The loss piled more pressure on Strathmore who are now only two points ahead of fourth-placed United States International University-Africa-USIU-A.
In another women’s match, Daystar recorded their second win of the season with a slim 1-0 win over Mount Kenya University-MKU. That was MKU’s 11th loss out of 12 matches they have played this season.
Wazalendo moved three places up the log after sneaking past 2012 champions Nairobi Simba who they stunned 3-2 in a premier league match.
Nelson Shilaku and Elly Mwanzia had given Wazalendo a two goal lead in the fifth and 41st minutes respectively but Simba, who lie a distant fourth with 25 points from 16 matches, leveled the scores through quick goals from Ali Shbaz and Harvi Ghatheure in the 47th and 48th minute.
Simba who are 12 points adrift of joint leaders and defending champions Butali Sugar Warriors (Formerly Kisumu Simba) and 2013 champions, Kenya Police looked set for a draw until Isaac Owino stepped forward with his 55th strike that put the last nail on Lion’s coffin. The win took Wazalendo to sixth with 24 points.
Kimathi University played to a one-all draw with Technical University in a late kick off in the national men’s league.
Debutants Chase Sailors finished the first leg of the men’s national Group (A) league in style when they registered their eighth win with a 3-1 defeat of hard fighting Karate Axiom on Saturday. Sailors have dropped only two points from a possible 27 in their first season in the league which leaves them perched top of the table with 25 points, eight clear of second-placed Park Road.
Kisumu sides, Bay Club who are playing their second season and debutant Kisumu Youngsters control Pool B.
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