The year 2019 was a highly successful year for Wazalendo club. The club posted one of their best finishes in slightly over a decade. Premier league runners up coupled with impressive results against the other so-called big teams firmly set up the club as one of the best sides to grace Kenyan hockey premier league in recent years. Fondly known as Waza among hockey lovers in the country, matches pitting mostly the Wazalendo PL side against other premier league sides were guaranteed crowd pullers as the fans were always treated to some of the best hockey scenes this side of the Sahara had to offer coupled with silky skills that would ensure fans were always of their seats. During the novel Kenyan hockey awards organized by Hockey KE, the club produced the best male player in the premier league category, Sutcliffe Usagi a budding engineer from Sabatia who will be terrorising defences in the green and black jersey.
This achievement earned the club a chance to compete in the continental showdown that was to be held in Blantyre, Malawi later on in the year. The club had confirmed its participation in the ACCC and the club’s executive had vowed to do everything in their power to ensure this dream is validated.
After the festivities, Wazalendo did not relent and preparations for the league and the ACCC began earnestly in early January. Fresh faces were brought for each team, notably Cliffe Omari, Dan Obonyo and Bondage Ndombi for the senior team, these three had shown promising signs to fill the gap left by the exit of one Kennedy Munialo, who had joined Butali Warriors. The club boasts one of the highest numbers of playing members in the country and this had made them register a team in each of the leagues in the men’s category. Buoyed by these large numbers, energetic and competitive training sessions were running from the first week of January and the Wazalendo masters (SL team) kicked off their season on 7th March. Wazalendo’s senior team were to start their season later in that month. Fast forward and the country recorded the first coronavirus case on 13th March and consequently, the league was suspended indefinitely following government directives. The continental competition was also suspended by the African federation. Every hockey-related activity in the capital, which hosts the bulk of the teams, were brought to grinding halt as a result.
This threw the club’s participation in the ACCC into limbo but a recent communication from the club’s executive stated that nothing in regards to the logistics preparation had changed. That aside, the players have been conducting home-based training sessions and personal training. Activities like press-ups, sit-ups, planks, squats, and jogging among others have been helping members to maintain their fitness levels. The senior team which consists mostly of young professionals has been conducting team meetings to catch up for the players and boost each other’s morale.