Technical University of Kenya (TUK) are the 2016 Kenya Hockey Union men’s National League champions.
The students achieved this feat on Saturday after they thrashed Daystar University 5-0 in their penultimate match of the season at a rain soaked City Park Stadium. The win moved TUK to 24 points and they cannot be overtaken even if they lose their final match.
They will now gain promotion to next year’s Premier League.
Goals from Gideon Kimuge, Nimrod Bisonga, Leonard Marwa, Luckie Mwendwa and skipper Moses Obushuru handed TUK the deserved win and maiden spot in next season’s top flight league.
TUK coach Alex Nyawira was elated after the final whistle vowing to light up the Premier League next season.
“Our target at the beginning of the season was a top five finish and this has totally surpassed our expectation. The lads should savour the moment because they fully deserve it after their impressive performance this season,” Nyawira said on Saturday.
“Discipline, hard work and endurance carried as all season and we can now plan for the big league.”
Scheduled for a 12 noon kick, the match started one hour later due to the heavy downpour that made it impossible to play on the City Park surface.
Once things had settled, TUK went ahead in the second minute when Kimuge finished off a sweeping move, firing past Daystar keeper Dennis Amadi.
The goal buoyed TUK and they doubled their lead in the 11th minute when the team’s top scorer Bisonga, fired a brilliant field goal past a hapless Amadi.
Two more goals were scored before the half time break, as the Daystar defence crumbled to the shock of coach Moses Kagochi.
Daystar offered little going forward and were punished for it again in the 41st minute when Obushuru, robbed Daystar defender Timothy Onyango the ball, before he rounded Amadi to slot the ball into an empty post.
The final whistle drew wild celebrations from the TUK players before they did a lap around to appreciate their fans. Daystar coach Moses Kagochi was left fuming at his players’ casual approach in the encounter.
“I think we never really got going and the early goal unsettled us. We have got to fight more and not show the opposition so much respect,” he charged.
TUK face Impala in their final match of the season on Sunday and are set for coronation next weekend when the 2016 season comes to an end.
With one slot gone, the race for the remaining slot for promotion is now down to Wazalendo Youth, Impala, Multimedia University and Parkroad Tigers.
Kenyatta University and Western Jaguars have been relegated from the top flight league.