Police, Warriors plot for Sunday’s title decider


Police, Warriors plot for Sunday's title decider
Calvins Kanu (L) of Kenya Police challenge Haggai Pepela of Sikh Union during their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match at City Park Stadium, Nairobi on November 25, 2018. Kenya Police won 1-0. Photo/Kelly Ayodi /Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Butali Sugar Warriors head coach Dennis Owoka expects a cracking match on the final day of action when his warriors come face -to- face with Police this Sunday with the match set to determine who bags the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men Premier League title.
  • The two teams are on a neck-and-neck race with Police topping the standings on 60 points, three more than Butali.
  • As such Butali who have a healthy goal difference than the law-enforcers need to win to claim the gong. Police will however just need a point to retain the gong.

Butali Sugar Warriors head coach Dennis Owoka expects a cracking match on the final day of action when his warriors come face -to- face with Police this Sunday with the match set to determine who bags the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men Premier League title.

The two teams are on a neck-and-neck race with Police topping the standings on 60 points, three more than Butali.

As such Butali who have a healthy goal difference than the law-enforcers need to win to claim the gong. Police will however just need a point to retain the gong.

Police won 2-0 away to Nakuru Club  at the weekend while Butali edged Strathmore University 3-0 at the City Park to set up a crunch Sunday date.

As such Butali who have a healthy goal difference than the law enforcers need to win to claim the gong. Police will however just need a point to retain the title.

Police won 2-0 away to Nakuru Club at the weekend while Butali edged Strathmore University 3-0 at the City Park to set up a crunch Sunday date.

The two teams have been on a two-horse race fight for the title for the better part of the season.

“We will treat the match as a final… For the past two seasons we have been finishing second but this time the title is ours,” said Owoka.

The 2015 champions will also be out to exact revenge on Police who inflicted them with a first loss of the season, beating them 3-0  in the first leg played in June.

After struggling against the students in the first half on Sunday, Owoka admitted his side will look to improve in short corners if they are to stand any chance of winning against the league leaders.

“Although we have been improving in every match, our major challenge is in short corners which I think we are not doing very well. For the remaining days we will be working on that before our match,” lamented Owoka.

Meanwhile, Strathmore wrapped up their campaign by finishing third with 32 points. Assistant coach Andrew Onguko said he was proud of his young side, promising to bounce back next season.

“We wanted to finish our season on a high note but it was not possible since we were coming up against a side fighting for the title. We have had a crop of young players some of whom are from high school that we hope to build our squad around for the future,” said Onguko who also doubles as the team manager.

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