KAMPALA. Lose today against Weatherhead and defending champions Wananchi have one foot out of the title race.
The record champions are two points off pace and a loss would give Weatherhead, who won the title in 2017, a five point cushion.
There will still be 16 games to play after today and ordinarily that would still be good enough to give us a title race. But these sides are not expected to lose points in 14 of those meaning Wananchi would have to win the other two encounters between the two. History just does not support the notion. Bar the 1-all draw between Kampala Hockey Club (KHC) Stallions and Wananchi in this season’s first round, these two sides have not lost points to the five sides behind them since the third round of 2017.
Since then, these two antagonists have also drawn in all but two league encounters won by Wananchi last year; that was in the first round on pitch and the third round in the boardroom. The pressure is certainly on the champions. Their ladies’ side, who face Deliverance Church of Uganda (DCU) and are a point behind KHC Swans but with a game in hand, also have a point to prove.
Wananchi Ladies are always wont to win today but they have twice dropped maximum points to DCU in the last two seasons.
They will argue they had already won the league when it first happened in 2017 and that the first round loss was just a walkover as most of their players had gone to represent their school Kakungulu Memorial, in the Fresh Dairy Games qualifiers.