Sliders inch closer towards Africa Club Championship

Nyangaga’s charges one victory away from booking Africa Hockey Club Championship slot.

Monday March 28 2016

Ndombela Sikwata of Sliders in action during their National Women's Hockey League match against Mount Kenya University at City Park Stadium on November 28, 2015. Sliders beat JKUAT at the weekend to go third on the log. PHOTO MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ndombela Sikwata of Sliders in action during their National Women's Hockey League match against Mount Kenya University at City Park Stadium on November 28, 2015. Sliders beat JKUAT at the weekend to go third on the log. PHOTO MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Sliders Hockey Club beat Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 2-0 to enhance their chances of finishing second in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s national league.

Second half goals from Dorsila Agunda and Dorris Kirui gave the self-sponsored team the three vital points during the match played at City Park Stadium, on Sunday.

The win has seen Sliders move to third place on 38 points, two behind second-placed Strathmore University Scorpions.

Sliders have a game left this season and a win will see them finish second behind champions Telkom Orange to book a slot for this year’s African Club Championship.

The university side have already completed their league matches.

Sliders coach Nixon Nyangaga, who has urged his charges to remain focused in their last match, is optimistic that his team can finish second.
“We don’t need to go get over ourselves, the job is half done. The ball is in our court and we know what we have to do and we are preparing for it,” Nyangaga told Nation Sport.

Sliders, who dominated the match against the university side, should have won by a wider margin were it not for poor finishing.
Agunda struck two minutes after the break to give her side the lead during the encounter which saw JKUAT defend in numbers in the first half as Sliders attacked.
Kirui made sure Sliders picked maximum points in the dying minutes of the encounter after blasting home from a penalty corner.

In the men’s Premier League, Kenya Police thrashed Wazalendo 5-1 at the same venue to keep their title ambitions on track. Two goals from talismanic striker Moses Cheplaiti and a goal apiece from Oliver Echenje, Robert Masibo and Samuel Wokila steered the law enforcers to their emphatic victory.

Nelson Shilaku pulled one back for Wazalendo against Police who also registered a 3-2 victory against Parkroad on Saturday evening at the same venue.

The 2013 champions attacked from the onset and on several occasions tore into the Wazalendo defence with some wonderful displays.

Police coach Kenneth Kaunda, who was pleased with the result, urged his team to play the same way till the end of the season.

“This is the Police I know, dangerous going forward, taking chances and not allowing the opponent to create anything,” the coach said.

In other matches, USIU A beat fellow university side KCAU 3-2 while in Mombasa, home side Mombasa Sports Club lost 4-1 to Sikh Union Nairobi.