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December 17, 2018

Wazalendo, Sharks seek redemption in today’s encounter

Kenya Police’s Vincent Odingo charges past Greensharks Mike Otieno during a past match /FILE
Kenya Police’s Vincent Odingo charges past Greensharks Mike Otieno during a past match /FILE
Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) sides Wazalendo and Greensharks will battle it out this evening at City Park seeking redemption following their respective losses to  Butali Warriors and Nairobi Sikh last weekend.
Sharks, third on the standings with 24 points, had their desperate quest to catch up with second-placed Kenya Police and leaders Butali Warriors punctured by a 3-1 loss to Sikh and will hope rekindle it against the experienced Wazalendo who were no match for Butali as they bowed 4-2.
Sharks will have to play without inspirational defender Mathew Kiplangat who is suspended and their head coach, Ben Owaga, who is away on job commitments. Despite the duo’s unavailability, assistant coach Thomas Mucheni believes they will bounce back to winning ways. He said the loss to Sikh came as a wake up call and warned his players of complacency.
He said: “We want to redeem ourselves from the weekend loss where we easily gifted our opponents three points. We squandered several open chances and I challenge the players to be aggressive upfront. Unfortunately we will miss Kiplangat through suspension but I believe we have depth on our side.”
Similarly, Wazalendo’s head coach Fidelis Kimanzi said the loss to Butali exposed their weakness and promised to correct them prior to kick off.
“Our goal is to get the three points after the disappointing weekend loss. We picked vital lessons from the match considering that we played a side enjoying their best form ever. They exposed our weaknesses and we have to work on them. I do not have injury concerns on my side and the boys ought to give a good account of themselves,” said Kimanzi.
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