Kisumu Simba who have changed names to Butali Sugar Warriors began their season in ruthless fashion by collecting all six points available in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) league over the weekend.
With a sponsorship deal with Butali Sugar expected to be sealed next week, the players responded in kind by beating Nakuru HC 2-0 win on Saturday before completing their weekend with a 6-1 thrashing of Parkroad Sunday to move to third in the pool ‘A’ standings even after boycotting the league for the past five months.
The match against Parkroad was delayed for close to 30 minutes after the two umpires declined to take to the field following confusion in names when Kisumu went to the pitch with a newly-branded uniform. It took the intervention of KHU officials for the match to proceed.
The visitors had to come from behind to get the win as Gilbert Langat put Parkroad ahead after just two minutes but Emmanuel Simiyu equalised for Butali from the spot.
Butali upped the tempo in the second period, Simiyu completing his brace in the 39th minute.
From then on, it was all Butali as Vincent Odhiambo scored the third in the 57th minute before Frank Wanangwe, a former Strathmore University player added the fourth a minute later.
Dutchman Joaren Stoel also got in on the act with a brace in the 63rd and 68th minutes to complete the rout.
In other matches, visiting Bay Club were mauled 6-2 by Wazalendo in a pool ‘B’ match to hand them their fourth defeat that leaves them rooted at the bottom of the table behind Mvita XI and Mombasa Sports Club.