Green Sharks devour students

Thursday April 22 2010

Sliders’ Lynett Onyango (right) tackles Strathmore University’s Rachel Ousa for the ball during their Vaisakhi International hockey tournament match at Parklands Sports Club on Thursday. Sliders won 5-0. Photos/CHRIS OMOLLO

Sliders’ Lynett Onyango (right) tackles Strathmore University’s Rachel Ousa for the ball during their Vaisakhi International hockey tournament match at Parklands Sports Club on Thursday. Sliders won 5-0. Photos/CHRIS OMOLLO  

By AYUMBA AYODI

Green Sharks produced a stunning performance to upset national champions Strathmore 1-0 and storm the semi-finals of the Vaisakhi International hockey tournament.

It was heart-breaking for the varsity students when Tonny Nyakuri converted John Wachira’s penalty corner with only a minute to the buzzer.

Strathmore just needed a draw and once would have thought Sharks had resigned to that fate, but it was not to be.

After the revenge against Strathmore, who beat them 2-1 in the Premier League hockey semi-finals two months ago, Sharks wound second in Pool A with six points, one behind leaders Ghana Customs.

Ironically, the awesome Sharks were buoyed by new their signings Frankline Wanangwe and Leon Magomere, who were in the Strathmore team that defeated them.

In Pool B, Zack Aura and Inderjit Singh helped Nairobi Simba stun Kenya Police 2-1 in spite of a Moses Cheplaiti goal to complicate the race for the semi-finals as Pakistan drowned Parklands 8-1 at City Park.

Police still at the top

While Police remain at the top of the standings with nine points, Pakistan and Simba tie on six points and are through to the semi-finals.

Police have finished their matches but Pakistan and Simba still have a finals date with Wazalendo and Parklands, respectively, on Friday.

Victory for Pakistan and Simba will put them level with Police but a Pakistan win would give them a better aggregate over the other two.

As by Thursday, Police had scored 11 goals and conceded four while Pakistan were on 15,6 and Simba 8,8. Simba must beat Parklands by more than three goals and guard their goal if they hope to snatch the semi slot from Police.

At Parklands Sports Club, Sliders crushed Strathmore 5-0 to nudge a likely Sunday final against Telkom Orange, whom they still have to meet on Saturday.