TEAM REMAINS DETERMINED

Discipline key for Sikh Union's survival, says Pepela

Francis Esikuri and Collins Wangila missed ten and five minutes of action in the last quarter respectively as the law enforcers fought back for the heard-earned point. Esikuri got a second yellow card of the evening as Wangila saw green both as a result of infringement. Their numerical disadvantage denied them all the points.

In Summary

•Francis Esikuri and Collins Wangila missed 10 and five minutes of action in the last quarter respectively as the law enforcers fought back for the hard-earned point.

•The overall performance was excellent. We conceded two easy goals from short corners when we were reduced to nine men. It's a bit technical and tricky if you get cards when the team is leading and that means we have to improve on our tackling —  Pepela

 

Sikh Union's Haggai Pepela (L) vies for the ball with Strathmore's Brian Ogenche at the City Park Stadium in a past match
Sikh Union's Haggai Pepela (L) vies for the ball with Strathmore's Brian Ogenche at the City Park Stadium in a past match
Image: ERICK BARASA

Sikh Union captain Haggai Pepela has urged for caution from his side after they threw away a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with Police on Wednesday.

It was Sikh's sixth draw of the season having won just once.

Francis Esikuri and Collins Wangila missed 10 and five minutes of action in the last quarter respectively as the law enforcers fought back for the hard-earned point.

Esikuri got a second yellow card of the evening as Wangila saw green both as a result of infringement. Their numerical disadvantage denied them all the points.

A win for the oldest hockey club in the league could have moved them to eighth on the table with 11 points, easing their relegation fears but this remains just a pipe dream.

After throwing a two-goal lead, Pepela wants the team to continue with the fighting spirit and be aggressive in a good way.

He said: "The overall performance was excellent. We conceded two easy goals from short corners when we were reduced to nine men. It's a bit technical and tricky if you get cards when the team is leading and that means we have to improve on our tackling,"

"We are a point behind Strathmore University Gladiators. We beat them in the first leg and we are optimistic of completing a double. We have stepped up our tempo and the attack looks sharp. I am happy we didn't concede a field goal but our defending of short corners is wanting," observed the defender.

The draw denied Police a chance to move to third on the table.  They have 22 points and coach Patrick Mugambi has made a rallying call to his charges to play with more hunger in their next match.

He said: "There was no drive, hunger and urgency from my players-something that we will work on in the upcoming assignment."