Title out of Wazalendo hands after weekend’s slip


Title out of Wazalendo hands after weekend's slip
Kenneth Nyongesa of Butali Sugar Warriors challenges Jus Baraka of USIU-A contest for ball during their Kenya Hockey Union men's league match at City Park hockey stadium in Nairobi on May 11, 2019. Photo/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Hockey Premier League second-placed side Wazalendo will have to win all their remaining six fixtures if they are to dethrone defending champions Butali Warriors in this year’s campaign.
  • The Highway Secondary School-based side lost grip of table-topping Butali on Sunday after going down 2-1 to eighth placed Strathmore University.
  • That was their first loss of the season, which technically stretched them out of reach of season’s crown given their perennial nemesis Butali lead them by a point, with two games in hand.

Hockey Premier League second-placed side Wazalendo will have to win all their remaining six fixtures if they are to dethrone defending champions Butali Warriors in this year’s campaign.

The Highway Secondary School-based side lost grip of table-topping Butali on Sunday after going down 2-1 to eighth placed Strathmore University.

That was their first loss of the season, which technically stretched them out of reach of season’s crown given their perennial nemesis Butali lead them by a point, with two games in hand.

The warriors have staged a dream campaign so far this season being the only unbeaten side in the elite league, having won seven and drawn three times.

The warriors have staged a dream campaign so far this season being the only unbeaten side in the elite league, having won seven and drawn three times all of their outings.

Their impeccable record leaves Wazalendo with an uphill task of outwitting them as they have a mathematical advantage in terms of points and the number of games they have not played so far.

Wazalendo defender Dennis Burudi says their Sunday loss in the hands of Strathmore was a culmination of a congested fixture that saw them play three games in eight days.

“Generally I can say it was just a bad day in office. However, we played three games in a span of eight days, something I feel took a toll on us,” offered Burudi.

Wazalendo players celebrates scoring against Sikh Union during their Kenya Hockey Union Premier League match at the City Park Hockey Stadium in Nairobi on March 31, 2019. Wazalendo won 1-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

With club championships in the horizon, the team is aiming at finishing in the first two positions a fete that will see them through.

“At the moment we are focused on winning the remaining matches. Everyone in the league is thinking of that as the head-to-head outcomes will make a huge difference at the end of the season,” he added.

Our primary target is to win the league and then qualify for the club championships. That’s why we want to win the remaining games to have our fate in our hands.

The team will aim to return to winning ways when they travel to City Park to face Sailors in Saturday’s 6.00pm fixture.

This will be a fairly balanced fixture in terms of head-to-head with both teams boasting an equal number of home and away wins. However, it is the sailors who have scored more goals with 12 compared to Wazalendo’s ten on all of their meetings.

The last time they met Wazalendo had the last laugh having prevailed 4-3 in an absorbing seven-goal thriller at the same venue back in May.

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