USIU-A students silenced by free scoring Wazalendo

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 11, 2017
  • The national men's hockey team has been training in between the KHU League matches in preparation for the Nations Cup in Egypt. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Wazalendo inflicted the first loss to the United States International University - Africa (USIU-A) in their last seven in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at the City Park stadium on Sunday.

The 3-1 win by Wazalendo was achieved despite a good start by the students. USIU-A swift forward Victor Chidi was denied by goalkeeper Bright Kezengwa in the sixth minute.

On the other end, Wazalendo nearly scored the first goal in the 14th minute but  goalkeeper Linus Kipkemboi was alert.

Three minutes later, Wazalendo got the opener when after USIU-A defender Samson Ratia mishandled a Kennedy Munialo goal-bound drag flick. Stanley Chege slotted the a penalty stroke for a 1-0 lead.

It was Wazalendo's turn to concede in the 28th minute. Their backline was unable to stop Brayan Kiplimo from scoring.

Wazalendo responded in the early minutes of the second half through Erick Ochieng who beat Kipkemboi to convert a Munialo’s pinpoint pass as the lead changed hands 2-1.

The students appeared overwhelmed by the Wazalendo midfield marshalled by Munialo. The lanky midfielder was a constant threat with patient buildups which created more scoring chances.

Wazalendo silenced the Thika Road-based side side four minutes to the final whistle when Nelson Shiraku fired past Kipkemboi for the third goal.

Lost structure

After the match USIU-A coach Tom Olal admitted they lost structure. “I enjoyed the match but we lost our structure and that's the main reason we lost," said Olal.

The tactician further insisted that they have to give their best in every match. “Losing a point in this league will definitely affect you. We need to give our best in our next match against Technical university of Kenya.”

Wazalendo coach Fidhelis Kimanzi acknowledged the resistance by the students saying it was a tough match  despite the opponents being fatigued because of playing on Saturday.

“It was a tough match and it's been awhile since we played a match so we are a bit rusty. There was no co-ordination but once the game picked up we had the hunger for these points,” said Kimanzi.

He added: “Our tactic was just playing our simple game, spreading the ball wide, creating and utilizing our few chances and being lethal inside the offensive area.”

In another men’s Premier League match, Park Road Badgers beat Technical University of Kenya (TUK) 1-0. Andrew Kamau scored in the last minutes of the first quarter.

The students created many chances through a resourceful midfielder Nimrod Bisongabut the forwards were unable to score.

After the match, TUK coach Peter Mwathe observed his players lost concentration even though the match was balanced.

“There was poor communication and lack of concentration for the players and that is the reason we missed our many chances,” admitted.

In the women’s Premier League Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) played to a barren draw with Vikings.

In the mens’ National League Park Road Tigers overran Gorillas 6-2 while Karate Axiom lost 1-3 to Dedan Kimathi University of Technology(DeKUT).

Sunday results

Premier League men: Wazalendo 3 USIU-A 1, Park Road Badgers 1 TUK 0;  Premier League women: JKUAT 0 Vikings 0; National League men: Park Road Tigers 6 Gorillas 2, Karate Axiom 1 DeKUT 3  .

Wednesday Fixture

Premier League women: USIU-A vs Kenyatta University.