Perennial rivals Kenya Police and Butali Sugar Warriors capped off their 2017 season in style, settling for a 1-1 draw in an enticing match played on Sunday 11th February at the City Park Stadium, Nairobi.
With the league title already in Police’s drawer, the match was of no great significance but still turned out to be a great one given the nature of competitiveness between the two sides.
Police had the chance to take an early lead ten minutes into the clash but despite navigating his way past two Butali defenders, Calvins Kanu saw his shot just go wide and had to clutch his head in disbelief.
Butali however followed the wasteful path shortly after with two unproductive short corners that forced a barren score line into the first quarter break.
After much knocking, Police finally broke the deadlock through league top scorer Barkibir who easily finished past Butali keeper Joseph Osino in the 28th minute.
The third and fourth quarters were largely dominated by Butali as they frantically sought for an equalizer in a bid to prevent the law enforcers from completing a double over them. Vincent Odhiambo and Brian Musasia are two players that posed a constant threat to the opponents’ backline especially from the wings.
With the match seemingly destined to a straight victory for Police, Seth Oburu found himself in the right place to smash the ball past keeper Martin Angesa in the final minute hence rescuing a point for his side.
The result took Police’s point tally to 77 after 28 games and are already the 2017 Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Men’s Premier League Champions-waiting for official coronation on Sunday 18th February.
Butali meanwhile finish second with 70 points and have booked the final spot for this year’s Africa Cup for Club Champions scheduled for November.
Despite struggling with an eighteen-point gap between them and Butali, Greensharks managed a third place finish ahead of Wazalendo and USIU-A who sit fourth and fifth respectively.
In other matches of the weekend, Parkroad Badgers ended their campaign on a high following a 3-0 win over Strathmore University on Saturday 10th February at the City Park Stadium, Nairobi. The victory elevated them one place in the table standings to sixth with 42 points.
Sikh Union Nairobi were also on the winning side on Saturday, edging demoted Technical University of Kenya (TUK) 2- 1.