Kenya Police, Chase Sailors and Telkom Orange all have equal chance of opening gaps in their respective leagues when Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) League resumes this weekend after a two-week break.
Battles between Kenya Police and Wazalendo, Orange against Kenyatta University and Chase Sailors against Impala will be followed with a lot of interest by other teams at the City Park Stadium where hockey fans will be expecting nothing but pure entertainment.
Police have a chance to open a five-point gap between them and second-placed Butali Sugar Warriors in the men’s Premier League, while Orange will go nine clear of Sliders. Sailors on the other hand will be looking to sail further up in the national men’s league. A win over Impala will see them climb up six points in their debut season.
Premier league defending champions Warriors (formerly Kisumu Simba) who sit second with 31 points from 12 games will be out of action this weekend. This will take some pressure off the men in Blue who are looking for their 12th win in 13 matches.
Wazalendo on the other hand will be in search for their seventh win of the season and depending with their win margin win against Police should they pull a surprise over the 2013 Champions – they will climb a place up to sixth with 24 points. United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) who occupy sixth place have no game this weekend.
Record 17 time winners, Telkom Orange also have a chance to open a nine-point gap over Sliders in the women’s national league. Orange is currently top of the table with 27 points, six better than their closest challengers but a win for Jos Openda and her girls in their match with Kenyatta University(KU), Saturday, will give the side huge confidence in their search for a record 18th national title.
Openda and his players will have no time to unpack their bags having arrived on Monday from South Africa with the national team, majority drawn from Orange. KU who are 14 points adrift of the leaders may want to take advantage of the jet lag, if any, and lack of team cohesion to have a bite of the Orange. KU has won four and lost the same number of matches in their last nine games.
Saturday: Daystar University vs Strathmore University (national women), Daystar vs UoN-City (National men), Nairobi Simba vs Kenyatta University, Parkroad vs Parklands (premier men)
Sunday: USIUA vs MKU, Telkom Orange vs Kenyatta University (National women), Chase Sailor vs Impala and Kenya Police vs Wazalendo (National men)
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