June 5th, 2017 | Match reports
Sunday 4th June 2017 saw Wazalendo Youth deliver a devastating defeat to fancied Multimedia University mens team in a pulsating late evening encounter that ended 2:1 in favor of the Youth.
The Wazalendo Youth started the game on a low pace soaking pressure from the marauding MMU players. The first quarter ended with the Youth having established themselves by containing MMU to go to the 2 minute break at 0:0.
On resumption, Wazalendo Youth stepped up the gear a notch higher with midfield maestro James Nzioka assisted by Joseph Muia dictating the proceedings in the centre of the pitch. The underdog Youth then sent a strong warning of their intentions when James released Hesbon Elijah to taunt the MMU defense on the right flank with his brilliant dribbles before delivering a killer pass to pacy John Maingi on the tip of the D area. John made no mistake, firing a low hard shot to the left corner of the goal with the MMU goalkeeper well beaten for a 1:0 lead 7 minutes into the second quarter. The teams then battled for the control of the game with MMU desperately seeking for the equalizer but the Youth defense marshaled by experienced Roy Ochieng was able to hold on for a 1:0 lead into the half-time break.
On resumption of the game into the third quarter, Wazalendo Youth were on the receiving end of the MMU raids leading to the defense succumbing to the intense pressure to concede a soft penalty corner. A lapse in the defense allowed MMU to slot in from the rebound on the near post for MMU to restore parity 8 minutes into the third quarter.
Wazalendo Youth technical bench of Coach Moses Majiwa and Team Manager Bernard Kubasu had to come up with quick fixes during the 2nd minute break to tame the opponents by strengthening the defense and boosting the midfield power by rotating the players. This bore fruit as the youth found more punch upfront allowing the hero of the day John Maingi a simple tap in from a Hassan Chepkos pass 6 minutes into the 4th quarter to restore the lead to 2:1 for the Youth. From that moment, Wazaledo Youth went into a cruise control mode controlling the proceedings to the amusement of the capacity crowd that had gathered to watch their entertaining displays. Cyril Masika Wanjala was outstanding between the posts, blocking every single strike of the marauding MMU forward line led by the national team call-ups of Moses Ademba and Duncan Barasa.
It was jubilation as the final hooter went off for the end of the game with the Youth earning 3 crucial points to take them back to the 5th spot on the log with a total of 7 points. Congratulations Youth for the great fight, it is never easy but it is always possible as long as you believe you can.
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