April 14, 2024

Thika subject Strathmore to third loss as Ulinzi win

Thika subject Strathmore to third loss as Ulinzi win
Previous match action between GSU and Thika at the Nyayo court n Nairobi

The result for the varsity side puts their Super Cup ambition under some considerable amount of pressure with three matches left.

It is a weekend to forget for Strathmore University handball team but the opposite is true for their Saturday's opponents Thika Engineers. 

The two sides clashed in an entertaining Kenya Handball Federation (KHF) men's league match played at Nyayo, with the military side winning 24-22 to subject Strathmore to their third loss. 

The result for the varsity side puts their Super Cup ambition under some considerable amount of pressure with three matches left. 

In the clash against Thika, Peter Mwathi's men did not lead the match at any point, with the tactician expressing displeasure in the way the side played. 

"I am not happy with our game at the moment. We made little effort individually and were too casual as a team and that is how we lost this match. 

This being our third loss puts us under pressure as we play the remaining three matches against Black Mamba, Ulinzi and Dessert Scorpions. 

We need to win at least two to be assured of a Super Cup slot. We cannot rely on the outcome of other teams for us to qualify," Mwathi said. 

The varsity side's former player Richard Momanyi was the hero for Thika, scoring five goals to top score in the match and help sink his former teammates. 

The win gives the military side hopes of finishing in the top six for a Super Cup place. 

Elsewhere, Young City made it three wins in 18 matches, concluding their debut season on a high as they beat Dessert Scorpions 34-32. 

Assistant coach Fredrick Omole expressed delight in the win adding that their season has been a success as there has been massive improvement. 

"Comparing the players' performance when we joined the league and now, there's is massive improvement, and we are happy with where the team is. We can only get better from here on," Omole offered. 

Meanwhile, Ulinzi HC continued their unbeaten run as they saw off Boomerang 33-25 in the last match of the day. 

Under the tutelage of former player Nixon Oyaro, the Kenya Defence Forces' side is chasing the elusive title, facing a herculean task of beating holders National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) to the gong.