Kenya Police are the 2017 Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Men’s Premier League champions. This is after registering a 6-1 win over relegation-threatened Kenyatta University in a match played on Saturday January 13, 2017 at the City Park Stadium.
Just two minutes into the match, Willis Okeyo took the league leaders ahead with a well-taken strike that received positive approval from coach Kenneth Kaunda on the touchline. The opener seemed to have activated their confidence, as shown in the style of play that was on display for the fans present.
Amos Barkibir doubled his side’s lead in the 20th minute from a short corner before Moses Cheplaiti made it three four minutes later to ease the pressure that the students exacting.
The law enforcers were then quick to capitalize on their opponent’s plunge in morale, Chris Wokila getting himself into the score sheet at the half hour mark to all but assure his team their first league title since 2013. Calvins Kanu and Samoan Kibirir also found their way past keeper Dennis Barasa shortly after, with the Vultures netting a consolation goal through Samuel Maina in the last minute of the match.
With 76 points and two games to spare, Police have already secured the trophy as second placed Butali Sugar Warriors cannot level those points even with wins in the remaining fixtures.
On their part, Kenyatta University have a hard task ahead of them if they are to survive relegation as the currently sit second last on the table standings with only 20 points, two less than KCA University who are 13th.
Butali consolidate second pot
With the title already gone, Butali Sugar Warriors showed their intentions of finishing second with two wins over Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and Kenyatta University respectively.
The former champions got their weekend going with a 6-0 thrashing of relegated TUK on Saturday, a match where BrianMusasia and Constant Wakhura scored braces to add onto goals from Arif Shah and Seth Oburu.
They then made it two in two on Sunday, overcoming Kenyatta University 3-0 to take their point tally to 57 from 23 games.
In other matches, Strathmore University recorded a 3-1 win over Greensharks to condemn the latter to their second loss in three matches. The result elevates the students one place above the table standings to seventh, with Parkroad Badgers dropping to eighth.