Kenya Hockey Union is the latest sport to hit the news for all the wrong reasons after reports that some matches are played without medical readiness.The latest incidence took place over the weekend as panic rent the air after a player was hit on the forehead suffering a cut with lack of a proper emergency plan clearly showing.
Pauline Naise scored ['a much needed'] Chase Amira's second goal in a 2-0 win over Kenyatta University in Women's Hockey Premier League Match played at City Park on Sunday May 21.
Naise's goal came just a week after she was part of a horror show that saw her football team, Vihiga Leeds, suffer an 8-1 humiliating defeat to defending champions Vihiga Queens in the FKF Women's Zone B Premier League. This was Naise's first football match of the season having spend most of her time in Hockey with Amira.
Her goal on Sunday maintained her position as the Hockey Women's premier league top scorer with 9 goals to her name so far this season. Speaking to Kenyanstar shortly after the Hockey Match, Naise insisted she would continue playing in both sports and was looking forward to another football match to help turn the fortunes of Vihiga Leeds.
"I definitely needed this goal. The result last weekend when i played football for Vihiga leeds got to me a little bit so this goal will definitely up my spirits."
However while Pauline made headlines in Hockey over the Weekend, Her football team recorded their first victory of the season after three straight defeats[one being a walkover]. Vihiga Leeds won 6-2 against Bulemia on Sunday(21 May), a match Naise missed due to her Hockey duties for Amira.
Kenya Police on Sunday (21 May ) made it 9 wins out of 9 matches played with a 3-1 win over Sikh Union in a Men's Premier League match played at the City Park Stadium.
Shabaz Shah of Sikh Union scored the first goal of the Match in the fifth minute but that was all they would get. Police would equalize in the 19th minute through Samuel Oungo, a goal resulting from a short corner. Police got their second through Samuel Wokila in the 22nd minute and a the final one through Edmond Mabona in the 29th Minute.
Elsewhere, Butali sugar kept the chase alive with two more wins over the weekend also maintaining their 100% win record in the season so far. Butali on Friday (19 May) won 3-0 against USIU-A before winning again 7-0 against Kenyatta University on Saturday(20 May).
Full Weekend Results
Men's Premier League
Butali Sugar 3-0 USIU-A
Strathmore University 0-0 Chase Sailors
Butali Sugar 7-0 Kenyatta University
Kenya Police 3-1 Sikh Union, Nairobi
Green Sharks 2-1 Nakuru 1
Multimedia University 3-3 JKUAT
Youngstars 1-0 Kabarak University
Mvita XI 3-1 Gorilla ;
Bay Club 1-1 Kabarak University
Park Road Tigers 1-3 Impala
Premier League Women
Vikings 0-1 USIU-A
Chase Amira 2-0 Kenyatta University
USIU-A 2-1 Sliders
Pre-season Men's League favourites, Butali Sugar Warriors, will be seeking to cut the gap between them and leaders, Kenya Police, when they play two back to back matches this weekend at the City Park Stadium.
Butali's party begins on Friday 6pm when they play 12th placed USIU-A and will continue same time on Saturday when they play 6th placed Kenyatta University. Currently in 3rd place, Butali has so far won all their four league matches of the season and could leapfrog Green sharks to go second by Saturday evening should they collect maximum points from these two fixtures.
Butali goes to the weekend fixtures without two of their key players; Zack Aura, who will be away for three months due to work related issues and Emmanuel Simiyu who remains suspended by the Kenya Hockey Union on disciplinary grounds following a scuffle in a previous match when he was carded.
This could be a pinch of good news for their two opponents who have both struggled to find their footings. USIU-A are in 12th position having played four and won only one match so far this season. Kenyatta University on the other Hand are 5th on the table having played six matches and won just three so far this season.
In the meanwhile defending Champions and League leaders, Kenya Police, will seek to extend their 100% win record this season when they play Sikh Union on Sunday at the City Park Stadium. Police has played seven and won all of their league matches so far this season conceding only three goals along the way. 7th placed Sikh Union on the other side has played seven and won only two of their league matches.
In the women's league, 4th placed Chase Amira could go second on the league should they win on Sunday against 7th Placed Kenyatta University. Chase has played six league matches so far this season winning three of those and losing only one. 7th placed Kenyatta university on the other hand has played four, won only one and lost two league matches so far this season.
Premier League Men
Friday: USIU-A v Butali Sugar (6 p.m.)
Saturday: Strathmore University v Chase Sailors (4 p.m.), Butali Sugar v Kenyatta University (6 p.m.)
Sunday: Kenya Police v Sikh Union, Nairobi (1 p.m.), Green Sharks v Nakuru (3 p.m.)
Saturday: Multimedia University v Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (12 p.m.), Youngstars v Kabarak University (3 p.m., Kisumu), Mvita XI v Gorilla (4 p.m, Mombasa)
Sunday: Bay Club v Kabarak University (9 a.m., Kisumu), Park Road Tigers v Impala (11 a.m.)
Premier League Women
Saturday: Vikings v USIU-A (2 p.m.)
Sunday: Chase Amira v Kenyatta University (9 a.m.), USIU-A v Sliders (5 a.m.) -
Chase Amira white-washed UON 6-0 to move second in the log with 11 points though they are still miles away from the leaders Telkom Orange. Amira have also played a game more than third placed JKUAT and two more than Sliders and Strathmore at fourth and fifth respectively as the battle from second to fifth heats on. The defeat solidifies UON at the root of the table on goal difference of -24.
The Men Chase team however did not have as much luck as they lost ground on the top three with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Parkroad Badgers. Chase Sailors are now 5th with 8 points as Badgers move to 9th with 6 points.
The other Men Premier match between KCAU and Sikh Union ended in a barren draw. The draw means Sikh continues their unpredictable form with two wins, two draws and two losses that leaves them at 4th with 8 points. KCAU on the other hand are yet to record a win at 13th with 2 points.
The only other two teams yet to taste defeat in the Men Premier division apart from Kenya Prisons go head to head today afternoon in a bid for the title. Butali Warriors are not only unbeaten but have a 100 percent win record, however they have only played 2 games and the one coming up might prove to be the trickiest. They currently occupy the 7th spot and a win will see them move within a point of Wazalendo at 4th.
Wazalendo are also unbeaten but have been tested having one draw in the four matches played. They will however look for a win to keep up with the pace setter Kenya Police and Green Sharks who are just above them at second. The match between Butali and Wazalendo kick off at 3pm in City Park Stadium.
Before that however, university sides face off both in the Men and Ladies Premier division. Stragglers TUK play 6th place KU. TUK, who have been shipping goals, only have a draw in their 6 games and hence bottom. A win against the bottom team could see KU move to th right end of the table. The match kicks off at 1pm in City Park Stadium.
KU ladies team is also in action in the only Premier Ladies match of the day when the face Strathmore University. A win for KU would see them level on points with Strathmore even though Strathmore have played a game more. This will be the opening match at the hockey stadium in Parklands at 11am.
Pauline Naise affirms that she does not regret her decision to join Chase Amira amidst interests from hockey giants Telkom Orange.
This comes after comments from the Telkom head coach Jos Opande declaring the desire of signing the Amira forward, who played under him at the National team level.
Speaking to Kenyanstar Naise revealed prior interest from the Telkom coach after she had committed to Chase Amira.
“I had not told him I had signed (for Amira), as much as some of his players knew, I had not told him. So he asked me, he told me to think about it and get back to him. That is the part I did not do. So the next time we were meeting we were playing them and there was nothing to get back to,” said Naise.
The star forward expressed no regrets of shunning the champions when she said,
“There are no regrets, I’ve not lost a championship because the season is still young. Of course, getting into a new team after being out of hockey for two years has its ups and downs and many challenges but by the time it gets to mid-season that’s when I can be able to tell if it’s working or not, but I am not regretting.
The National 'B' League match between Kimathi and UoN was characterised by missed chances and players slipping down the wet turf at the City Park Stadium.
The match that was played at a sub standard level through out saw UoN players slip on three separate occassios in the first quarter. The turf was watered just before the game and the surface proved unbearable for the university teams. The quality of play however was not as interesting.
After a change of shoes and the coming out of the afternoon sun in the second quarter the match played without anymore funny incidents. Unfortunately there was really not much going on in the second and third quarter to stir up the crowd like the slideshow in the early stages.
The game came to life in the final quarter as each team tried to push for a goal. The game was end to end. UON scored a goal but it was after the referee's whistle and hence did not stand, moments later Kimathi did the same, their goal disallowed as well. Both teams went all out attack. UON wasted shorts corners but it is Kimathi that will knock themselves as two minutes before time they wasted two clear cut chances. The game ended 0-0 and it was the lack of finness that carried the day as the crowd booed.
The results leave UON third in the National 'B' League with 7 points while Kimathi are at sixth with 4 points.
Two valuable points were dropped by both JKUAT and Sliders, a missive hit in their endeavour to close the gap at the top.
The Ladies Premier match played at City Park Hockey Stadium started at a slow pace. The first quarter was cagey and both teams seemed to be focusing on defence. There was little action and the game was mostly played at the centre of the park.
The second quarter was no different. Both teams were tactical and the outcome was fatigue in both sets of players. In the third quarter however Sliders broke the deadlock from a short corner that was fumbled in goal, 1-0 to Sliders.
JKUAT came for the final quarter with more purpose. They pressed Sliders and finally got their reward. The match ended 1-1. A fair result that reflected their equal strengths.
A point didn't really do any team much good but it was JKUAT who were more pleased by it on the virtual that they cme from behind.
JKUAT remain second on nine points, that is two points more than Chase Amira and Sliders who have both played a game less.
It's going to be an action packed Saturday as hockey lovers will be served with the following enticing fixtures:
Men Premier League
Nakuru Athletic v Kenya Police
Kenya Police will be looking to keep their 100 percent record intact when they sqaure it off with Nakuru Athletic. Police, who are the overwhelming favourites both in the match and to clinch the title, would want to back their status as giants with a win that will take them to the top. Currently, they occupy the second spot with 12 points after 4 games.
Dolean Mugaisi will however give Nakuru Athletic some hope as he has been in good goal scoring form having registered 3 goals so far. They are however lower in the pecking order at 11th with only a win in 4 matches.
The match will kick off at 6pm at the City Park Stadium in Parklands.
Ladies Premier League
JKUAT v Sliders
The race to catch up with Telkom Orange is on as two of the closest teams go head to head. JKUAT are second with 2 points and two places above their matchday rivals although Sliders have a game in hand. The match is a must win for both sides as any other result will see them lose track of Telkom who already seem to be running away with it.
This too close to call match will kick off at 12pm at the City Park Stadium in Parklands.
National 'A' League
The second division will also have mouth-watering encounters as follows:
Mvita XI v Wazalendo Masters 4pm
Mombasa West v Thika Rovers 4pm
MSC v Impala 5pm
National 'B' League
Kimathi v UON 2pm
Coach Jos Openda of the Telkom Orange Ladies Hockey team has revealed to Kenyanstar the two players he would have loved to include in his Orange team. Speaking exclusively to Kenyanstar for the Kenyan Star of The week Column, Coach Openda revealed that he had actually tried to sign one while the other was currently unavailable for him.
"I look at a player like Yvonne Karanja of strathmore, she's a very fast player, forward oriented. She plays more like we play at Orange. she's one player that I won't mind her coming Over but i also wouldn't like to kill the other team."
"There is also Pauline Naise of Amiras. She's a very talented player, I believe that her talent is still not being natured the way it is supposed to be. I believe that she's still playing more of social hockey instead of Competitive Hockey."
"I think if she moves to Orange she will be able to get a taste of this club championships more frequently and her maturity of the game will come up."
But did coach Openda try getting any of these players?
"Yvonne Karanja is still in school so let's not even discuss her because i didn't make an attempt..."
"Pauline Naise I tried. There was a time she stopped playing hockey and I sent emissaries out for her but when she came back i was shocked she joined Amiras. Maybe her friends are there she feels comfortable there but I told her the best place to be is in Orange."
The full transcript of the Interview with coach Jos Openda will be published next week on the Kenyan Star of The week Column.
Hundreds of young Kenyans are benefiting from the Kenya Youth Hockey Development program that is supported Dutch Business and the Dutch Hockey Community and facilitated by the Kenya Hockey Union.
This program sees coaches from Netherlands, UK, Germany and Kenya train young Kenyans in the Under 8, Under 14 and Under 16 categories every Saturday morning from 8am to 11am at the City Park Stadium. Erik van der Dussen, one of the project initiators and manager, told Kenyanstar on Tuesday that the Dutch Hockey community also extends their support to initiatives like the Wazalendo Young Players Development program, Shelter Children’s Home (Ngong) and Kerugoya girls Hockey Team.
"The program is free for all willing kids who would like to learn some hockey" said Erik.
"We teach the basics of the game, we also teach things like how to come from losing 1-0 to win 2-1, how to handle a defeat and other mental aspects of the game."
"The Dutch support goes all the way to providing funds for transport, bottled water, fresh fruit and warm meals at the Saturday morning program. We have (hungry) kids coming all the way from Kibera, so the support is very relevant. If we get more and more people to support this in any form, it will be really great."
"Numbers wise we have at least a constant of 60 kids both boys and girls coming here every Saturday though sometimes it could go high or low because of understandably various circumstances."
Commenting on the program, Orange Telkom Ladies Hockey team Coach, Jos Openda, who is also the Vice Chairman of Hockey Nairobi hailed it saying it was a step in the right direction in the development of Hockey in the country.
"Most of our players start playing hockey at high school level so it is a good thing for us to get a chance to introduce the game at a very young age" Said Openda.
Mid-week hockey action will be underway today in the Men Premier division as Sikh Union take on Parkroad Badgers at 6pm in City Park Stadium in Parklands.
Both teams will be hoping for a win to propel them to the top have of the table as they are languishing dangerously close to the base.
Sikh Union are 10th win three points after three games, they have won one and lost two and have a goal difference of one. Parkroad also has three points after three games with one win and two losses but their goal difference of negative one leaves them at 12th.
Sikh forward Francis Eshikuri is expected to make an impact for Sikh as he already has scored two goals
After the weekend round of fixtures Green Sharks lead the Men Premier League table with 14 points followed by Kenya Police and Wazalendo with 13 points and 10 points respectively. However, Sharks have already played 7 games, that is three more than both Police and Wazalendo. At the bottom of the pile is TUK with no point after 4 games.
When it comes to goals, the most prolific player at the moment is Sharks' Chris Muchwanju with 4 goals. Players that have been regulars on the scoresheet in the Men League include:
Chris Muchwanjo (Green Sharks)- 4 goals
Festus Onyango (Strathmore Uni)- 3 goals
Kevin Simiyu (Green Sharks) - 3 goals
Dolean Mugaisi (Nakuru Athletic)- 3 goals
Nelson Shirako (Wazalendo)- 3 goals
Emmanuel Simiyu (Butali Warriors)- 3 goals
George Mutira (Chase Sailors) - 3 goals
In the Ladies category Telkom Orange dominate the league. They have a 100 percent record with 5 wins in 5, cementing their place in the summit of the league. JKUAT and Chase Amira follow with 8 points and 7 points respectively, though the two have a game in hand over Telkom. UoN and MSC are at the bottom of the pile with no points even though MSC have only played 2 games compared to UoN's 4 games.
In the scorers' chat Telkom ladies foster their supremacy as they have produced the top three scorers so far. Audrey Omaido leads with 6 goals, averaging to an impressive 1.2 goals per game. The top hitters are as follows:
Audrey Omaido (Telkom Orange) - 6 goals
Jackie Mwangi (Telkom Orange)- 5 goals
Maureen Okumu (Telkom Orange)- 4 goals
Susan Oketch (Chase Amira)- 4 goals
Caroline Guchu (Telkom Orange)- 3 goals
Lorraine Nondi (Chase Amira)- 3 goals
Pauline Naise ( Chase Amira)- 3 goals
Gilly Okumu (Strathmore Uni)- 3 goals.
Kenya Police will face second from last Parklands on Saturday in the men's premier match at 2pm in Parkland's city park stadium.
Police have a 100 percent record with three wins in three where as Parklands only have a draw after three matches that leaves them in 14th. A win for Police will see them move to the summit of the table.
But Before that the current leaders Green Sharks face KCAU at 12pm in the opening men's premier match. Sharks have 11 points after 6 games while KCAU are on 13th with 1 point having played only 2 games.
In the ladies' premier match MSC play their first game of the season against Sliders who are 5th with one win and one defeat.
In the National League "A" match Parkroad Tigers play Mombasa West at 6pm with both teams on 3 points though Mombasa West have a game in hand.