Drifting towards glory: Warriors on course for another title

With the clock ticking towards the end of Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League season, defending champions Butali Sugar Warriors remains on course to retaining their title. The champions sit at the summit of the top flight league with 33 points from 13 outings being the only unbeaten side in the 10-team league having accumulated 10 wins and three draws. Unlike last season when the league had to be decided in the final day of the season, it seems Butali are now competing against themselves with their main challengers Wazalendo who are second on the log trailing the leaders with seven points after the same number of matches. Despite having a strong start to the season, both Greensharks and Western Jaguars lost momentum along the way with Sharks now third on 20 points as Jaguars occupy the fifth spot with 17 points albeit having played 11 matches. Former champions Kenya Police have been a pale shadow of their former selves as they have had a season to forget ranking fourth with 18 points after 11 outings. With only five matches to go for Butali, the title is increasingly drifting away from other teams as it draws nearer to Butali. “We are already certain that we are going to retain this title. We only want to remain calm and win our next two fixtures and then start icing the champagne,” said Butali head coach Dennis Owoka. Chase Sailors, Western Jaguars, Wazalendo, Parklands and Greensharks – all lie on Butali path to the title and, as Owoka observes, it won’t be easy. “Many people usually rate Police as our only competitors but that is not true. Each and every team is very competitive especially the mid-table team so we have to be very careful,” said Owoka. In the women’s league, serial winners Telkom are also champions designate bar any catastrophic collapse in their remaining four matches as they top the standings with 26 points after 10 matches with their closest challengers Strathmore University having 18 points from 11 outings.

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