Kimanzi: Discipline is key to winning PSC match

By ronnie evans
May 09, 2017
  • Wazalendo coach Fidhelis Kimanzi believes a disciplined approach is key to success against Parklands Sports Club. (SNA. File Photo)

Wazalendo coach Fidhelis Kimanzi has urged his players to maintain discipline ahead of their second Kenya Hockey Union Premier League match in three days when they tackle Parklands Sports Club.

Wazalendo step on the turf on Wednesday (6 p.m.) at the City Park Stadium barely two days after a spirited performance against 2015 champions, Butali Sugar who won 2-1.

The fiery encounter had seven cards dished out by the umpires. Kimanzi’s two players Kennedy Munialo (green card) and Steve Liyali (yellow card) were in the jury’s book for respective infringements against Butali Sugar.

Liyali’s incident in particular sparked a heated confrontation by both sets of players. It is such cases of indiscipline that has irked Kimanzi who insists that players should maintain cool heads.

“Discipline is key for the players and we do not condone any acts of indiscipline. Decisions sometimes go against your team but that is the nature of the game,” he stressed.

Kimanzi also believes the good shift put by his players will be a motivation heading into this tie.

“We were the underdogs in the last match but we gave a good account of ourselves. We proved that we could compete with one of the best teams and that has greatly encouraged us,” he explained.

Wazalendo are third on the log with 10 points, tied with Kenyatta University but they enjoy a superior goal difference.

Kezengwa to start in goal

The team is buoyed by the performance of goalkeeper. Bright Kezengwa who was in fine form last weekend. He is expected to start in goal as Eli Mwanzi and Stanley Chege lead the attack.

Chege who scored against Butali Sugar, will be the dangerman as he is technically gifted and also has a nack to drop into midfield to create chances for the other attackers.

PSC have had a poor start to the season. The Nairobi-based team has lost three of their last four matches and are 14th on the 15 team log with a single point which they earned over a month ago against defending champions Strathmore University.

“We urgently need to start picking up points from here henceforth. Good results have been hard to come by despite us creating chances during matches. So we are going to attack with more urgency and hopefully score an early goal,” PSC coach Kamal Singh said.

The key players for PSC will be goalkeeper Farhad Shire, attackers Franklin Kiyondi and Allan Odongo.

Fred Okeyo, who stepped in as a makeshift goalkeeper during Shire’s absence is set to marshal the defence.

Singh has rotated his squad several times this season due unavailability of some players.

Meanwhile, SNA will keep track of what action is taken against star forward Emmanuel Simiyu. Simiyu was one of four Butali Sugar players carded during their match against Wazalendo this past Sunday.

The jury overseeing that match recommended that a report be written sometime this week to KHU after Simiyu damaged property on the technical area in protest of the yellow card given to him in the 58th minute.