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Telkom Orange return to action after a month off when tackle a tricky Vikings side in their Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League match on Sunday at the City Park Stadium.

The defending champions are fifth on the log and have a game in hand on surprise leaders Amira Sailors. They are on a backdrop of a 6-1 demolition of United States International University-Africa in their last assignment.

Telkom Orange boasts an array of Kenya national team players including Audrey Omaido, a forward who is constant menace to opposition defences.

Lilian Aura is expected to marshal the compact midfield alongside, Caroline Guchu and captain Tracy Karanja who is also versatile at full back as displayed in the match against USIU-A Spartans.

Evergreen Flavian Mutiva will be a stronghold in a three-pronged defensive lineup with support from Glennis Namasake and Terry Juma. Dependable Cynthia Onyango has the nod start in goal.

Said coach Jos Openda: “Normally we use the league matches as a build up towards the club championships. We have more technical players so that gives us an upper hand but we will not take the game lightly. Vikings is a good side and we will not underrate them. We just want to go out there, enjoy ourselves and play a good game,” the ever spirited Openda said.

He added that his team has been well taken care of and has a full squad at his disposal to choose from given that there are no injury concerns.

Vikings remain positive for the tie after a strong defensive display against Strathmore University despite losing 0-1 in their previous match. An unchanged team will start the match according to team manager Marie Aran.

Goalkeeper Angela Koget who was brilliant against Strathmore will be called again to thwart the offensive threat posed by Telkom Orange. Captain Benazir Omotto has been given a free role but is expected to be the link between midfield and attack.

Experienced defender Carol Okoth is expected to keep Omaido at bay. Charity Miller, Charity Juma, Sophie Arum and Sarah Bonareri are all expected to put on a good shift by Aran who has no problem absorbing the pressure.

“They (Telkom) have quality players who have recent international experience that will boost them. Just like the match against Strathmore, we intend to sit back and let them play their game. The most important thing is a goal and we will fancy our chances when an opportunity presents itself,” Aran explained.

USIU-A and national team goalkeeper Sang Kipkemboi has urged his teammates to bounce back from their painful loss to Strathmore University as they prepare to face Sikh Union on Saturday.

Sang who has the most league experience in the side insists that only a win is on their agenda. “We have new players in the team that are still learning and gaining experience. It was a disappointing result against Strathmore because our defending let us down. We should all step up and play for the win,” he stressed.

USIU-A and Sikh Union are third and fourth respectively on the log only separated by a point and both teams have a mathematical chance of progressing depending on results elsewhere.

Coach Tom Olal will field an unchanged side with the feeling that some of the players who just recently came back into the team have gained the match fitness required. Sang will start in goal with Kenyan international Neville Mulupi in defence.

Mulupi will be joined by Samson Ratich who has overcome a slight injury. Brian Makokha, John Kabuu and Polycarp Otieno will retain their places in the team despite a poor show against Strathmore.

Weekend Fixtures

Saturday: Kabarak v Impala (12 p.m.), MMU v Thika Rovers (2 p.m.), Western Jaguars v KCA-U (3 p.m.), Parklands v KU (4 p.m.), Sikh Union v USIU-A (6 p.m.).

Sunday: – Women – Telkom Orange v Vikings (11 a.m.); (Men) Kabarak v Karate Axiom (9 a.m.), Green Sharks v Chase Sailors (1 p.m.), Wazalendo v Park Road (3 p.m.).

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