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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.

Club championships

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.

Owino winner

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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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.

Causing upset

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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