Kenya Police maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s Premier League standings after the weekend matches.
Police crushed 2012 champions Sikh Union Nairobi 5-2 to move to 57 points from 22 matches.
Champions Butali Sugar Warriors are hot on the heels of the leaders after recording a vital 2-1 win over two-time champions Strathmore University Gladiators to stay in second place with 55 points.
Butali have, however, played 20 matches, two less than their arch-rivals Police. Butali have eight matches remaining while Police have six left. The title race is turning into a two-horse race between the teams.
Police coach Kenneth Kaunda knows there is no room for error. His team must win all their matches and hope that Butali drops points between now and the end of the season in May.
“This is a real battle and we are up to the challenge. We need to keep up our winning form and see what happens at the end of the season. The boys are fired up,” Kaunda told Daily Nation Sport. His Butali counterpart, Cliffe Okello also maintains the his team will cope with the pressure and retain the title. “No one wants to drop any points at this stage, this adds to the pressure. We are, however, taking a game at a time and are confident of retaining the title,” Okello added.
United States International University of Africa (USIU A) are placed third with 43 points after their 1-0 over Kenyatta University Vultures on Sunday.
Isaac Kamau’s first half strike settled the closely contested university derby.
Greensharks leapfrogged Wazalendo in fourth place after a 3-0 win over the latter and Sharks have 38 points, two more than Wazalendo who are fifth with 36 points.
At the wrong end of the table, Coastal sides Mvita XI and Mombasa Sports Club (MSC) imminently face the axe. MSC are bottom with three points and are yet to win a game this season after 21 matches.
Mvita XI are second last with nine points from 19 matches. Parklands missed a chance to move further from the relegation zone after 2-1 loss away to Nakuru.
In the women’s National League, Strathmore University Scorpions got three free points after their opponents Mount Kenya University failed to turn up for their match. Scorpions remain in second place with 40 points, eight behind leaders Orange who clinched the title two weeks ago with two matches to spare.