Strathmore University were held to a goalless draw by United States International University (USIU) during their return leg of the Kenya Hockey Union men premier league staged at City Park – Nairobi on Thursday.

The results saw Gladiators and USIU maintain their fourth and eighth place on the 10-team log with 17 and 14 points respectively.

USIU tactician John Kabuu feels there is more to be done ahead of other fixtures, in order to improve their attack.

“Most of the players are so new in the Premier League. We had several chances but we were not able to utilize them, which indicate we need to improve on our attacking department,” said Kabuu.

His counterpart Meshack Senge went home with a sense of satisfaction although he knew it was a lost chance to bag maximum points.

“We have lost three consecutive matches before today’s match. I am okay with a draw though every coach’s dream is to win,” said Senge.

Visitors (USIU) forward Wayne Chongoni was severally denied by goalkeeper Noah Barasa despite coming close, as both sides tightened their defenses more, as the match wore on.

Earlier at the same venue in a varsity-women derby, Strathmore continued with their unbeaten run after sinking USIU 2-1. This was Strathmore’s first match of the second leg.

Kipsang Tamnai and Grace Bwire were on target for the visitors while Perez Akinyi scored the consolation for the hosts.

Strathmore have 21 points on top of the table while USIU seat fourth with eight points on the seven-team log.

By Fred Azelwa.