Butali edge determined Sharks to extend KHU league lead


Butali edge determined Sharks to extend KHU league lead
Butali Warriors players celebrate Frank Wanangwe's goal against Strathmore University during their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League final match at City Park Hockey Stadium on December 03, 2016. The match was abandoned due to rain. Photo/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Two short corners in quick succession bore fruit for Butali in the 45th minute through Netherlands international Merten Fonterjn, and Seth Oburu doubled the lead two minutes later.  
  • The victory extended Warriors points tally to 54, three ahead of defending champions Kenya Police whose controversial win over Wazalendo is yet to be determined.
  • Butali came off the blocks faster creating the first chance in the third minute, and two minutes later, a goal bound shot from Butali's Brian Musasia went begging.

A heavy down pour that left City Park waterlogged made the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League match between champions Butali Sugar Warriors and Greensharks begin an hour behind schedule but it could not prevent the determined Warriors from clobbering  Sharks 2-0.

Two short corners in quick succession bore fruit for Butali in the 45th minute through Netherlands international Merten Fonterjn, and Seth Oburu doubled the lead two minutes later.

The victory extended Warriors points tally to 54, three ahead of defending champions Kenya Police whose controversial win over Wazalendo is yet to be determined.

Butali came off the blocks faster creating the first chance in the third minute, and two minutes later, a goal bound shot from Butali’s Brian Musasia went begging.

Tough as the contest may have been, free flow of play was time and again disrupted by stagnant water on the pitch as the antagonists headed for the first quarter break scoreless.

In the 18th minute, Butali’s Frank Wanangwe hit crossbar having already beaten Sharks goalkeeper Robby Muturi .

Although Butali dominated the second quarter, Sharks made it difficult as Vincent Odhiambo shot wide from the near post.

Sharks were however forced to make an early substitution at end of second quarter due to an injury as both teams headed to the break square.

Butali continued piling more pressure to Sharks but at the end of third quarter the latter grew in confidence.

Sharks changed tack opting to catch their opponents on the break in the final 10 minutes but it was too little too late.

In a post match interview, Butali head coach Dennis Owoka said they were prepared for a pulsating fight given their recent struggles .

” We were ready for a difficult match because even in the first leg we won 2-1 and before that they had beaten us 3-0 so it was not going to be easy,” said Owoka.

His opposite number Nixon Nyangaga, bemoaned the two injuries his team picked  in the match but nevertheless praised his lads for showing a good fighting spirit.

” I think we gave a good account of ourselves. You could see that in the first two quarters we really played well but the injuries we got were unfortunate. We will regroup for our next match”, said Nyangaga.

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