Kenya Police captain with a trophy from an earlier tournament.
The Kenya Hockey Union is on the spot for all the wrong reasons even as a completely new set of ‘final’ league table stabdings for the mens premier league with new score lines have been published.
What appeared on the surface as an innocent protest by the Kenya Police after defending champions Strathmore won their deciding match against KCA-University by 4 goals to nothing on Sunday evening is turning out to be a full-scale do-or-die affair; especially with word out that the Police team had been instructed to either win the league this season of be dissolved.
Controversy sorrounds a match apparently played in Kakamega over 4 weeks ago involving Strathmore against Western Jaguars. The official score line as reported then was 6 – 1 in favor of Strathmore. This was the scoreline used to compute the table standings untill Strathmore won their last match by 4 – 0 to give them a 1 goal advantage over Kenya Police.
This win was the beginging of the University side’s nightmare. A KHU referee, publicly known to be a Kenya Police affilliate and himself an active Kenya Police Officer has now come out to confess that the match between Strathmore and Western Jaguars had no signed match sheet and that the score line (6-1) that he reported 4 weeks ago was an error on his part.
The referee insists the correct scoreline is 5 -1. On Monday evening (1/11/10) , KHU recomputed the tables with the corrections made after Strathmore played its last game on Sunday evening. These are the new and final league table standings. The new standings make Kenya Police and Strathmore tie on all statistics.
Kenya Police also want the outcome of the game between Strathmore and Green Sharks nullified in Green Sharks favour. They claim Strathmore fielded two players – Maxwell Wakhungu and Frank Wanangwe – who had two yellow cards. Strathmore won 2-1.
In addition, the Kenya Police want to be awarded 5 extra goals from their match against Green Sharks, which they won 1-0. The Police men claim the Sharks fielded two players – Godffrey Nyangaga and Edwin Otieno – carrying yellow cards. Should Police prevail, they will get a 5-0 win.
Both matches were played over 1 month ago.
Strathmore has remained tight lipped on the matter, only saying that “The buck stops at the KHU doorstep since we all play to the statistics from the union,”. These statistics have been altered since then.
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