Wazalendo, the reigning Agnelo D’Souza champions 2016 despite mixed performance in the league

Wazalendo hockey club played its final league matches on the weekend of 19th and 20th November 2016. The main team was the first to conclude its matches where they took on The United States International University – Africa in a 6pm kick off on Saturday the 19th November 2016 at the City Park Hockey Stadium. The 9th/10th position placement match started with a very high pace with the university lads signaling their intent by shocking Wazalendo with a goal inside the first five minutes of the game. The tempo of the match increased immediately as Wazalendo sought to stamp their authority, however, the game see-sawed from end to end with the half time hooter going off with USIU-A leading 1:0. On resumption, Wazalendo went on the offensive and were rewarded by a goal in the 56th Minute when Kipkemoi Limo combined well upfront with Nelson Franco to slot past the USIU-A custodian from open play. USIU-A did not sit back and rallied their troops to restore the lead when a lapse in the Wazalendo defense allowed them to go ahead once again in the 60th Minute. USIU-A defended the lead to the last minute thus earning them the 9th slot.

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On the following day, Wazalendo Youth made amends for their senior compatriots by dimming the inexperienced Daystar university four goals to nothing in the National league. With the top slot of the National league already gone to Technical University of Kenya (TUK), Wazalendo Youth were left to fight for the only remaining promotion chance by securing the second position in the log. The intention was clear from the onset of the match when veteran Wycliffe Ongori pounced on a long pass to beat the Daystar keeper and score the first goal barely 7minutes into the game. Wycliffe earned the second goal of the game two minutes later after stringing passes with fellow veteran James Mwangi applying experience to beat the Daystar defense to end the first half 2:0 to the good. On resumption of the second half, Wazalendo youth went back on the hunt for goals and before Daystar could settle into the game, Charles Namale who had come in as a substitute on the left half, unleashed a lethal pass that found Joshua Mwangi well positioned in the circle to sound the boards for Wazalendo Youths third goal. To crown the game, the captain of the day and experienced coach Fidhelis Kimanzi wiggled his way around the Daystar defense to score Wazalendo Youth’s fourth goal. The proceedings stayed that way to the end of the game giving Wazalendo You the much needed 3 points to make a total of 22point. Wazalendo youth now has one foot in the promotion box for next year’s premier league. The Champaign is however still on the ice as the team awaits the results of the final matches of Park Road Tigers and Multimedia University to be played on the weekend of 26th and 27th November 2016 respectively. Both Park Road Tigers and Multimedia University must win their remaining matches with huge goal margins to be able to dethrone Wazalendo Youth from the second spot in the log.

Having lost out on the trophies from the KHU League, Wazalendo Hockey Club still has something to celebrate for the season that is just ending having won the 7th edition of the Agnelo D’Souza memorial tournament popularly known as Sana tournament in Mombasa.

The 7th edition of the Agnelo D’Souza memorial tournament was hosted at the Braebun School Mombasa on 22nd and 23rd October 2016. The Wazalendo has never missed the tournament ever since it was started by Coast Hockey Association. As is the norm in recent times, Wazalendo entered 2 teams. One team was majorly composed of the veterans of the club while other team was made up of bone crunching tacklers, speedsters and never die spirited youngsters.

With four teams in their pool, the veterans’ team had won one, lost one and drew one at the end of the first day, leaving them with a mathematical chance of progression to the knockout stages the next day. Their fate was to be determined by a match that was totally out of their control and as fate would have it, the math never worked to their favor hence bidding bye to the proceedings. On the other hand the speedsters’ team had topped their pool amassing 7 points from 3 matches and scoring 6 goals in the process.

So come the second day it was a day for the speedsters who had proven themselves to proceed to the next stage to face an equally pacey Kilifi Government sponsored Pwani University students in the 4th quarter final. At the end of the game it was the Wazalendo youngsters who prevailed 2-1. The semifinal was pitted the young Wazalendo lads against USIU-A, a team with yet the same crop of university players. Despite playing most of the game inside the USIU’s half the game ended at a stalemate and it was up to the 8 second shootout to separate the teams. A solitary goal by Captain Job Omondi got Wazalendo to the final pitting them against the indomitable and tournament favorite Kenya police!

Invited guests took their time to arrive as the organizers prepared the scene for the final match and so the whistle starting the final match went off with the guests having settled to watch what was billed as a David vs Goliath encounter.

The fans were treated to entertaining encounters as Wazalendo matched the much fancied Kenya Police move by move, capturing the excited fans to express themselves at the top of their voices while the players within the pitch expressed themselves from the bottom of their hearts. It was a game of who needed the win the most with Kenya Police having early chances and betting odds leaning to their favour. All that and some unsaid still had the teams at a stalemate at the end of the first half. Co

Wazalendo hockey club played its final league matches on the weekend of 19th and 20th November 2016. The main team was the first to conclude its matches where they took on The United States International University – Africa in a 6pm kick off on Saturday the 19th November 2016 at the City Park Hockey Stadium. The 9th/10th position placement match started with a very high pace with the university lads signaling their intent by shocking Wazalendo with a goal inside the first five minutes of the game. The tempo of the match increased immediately as Wazalendo sought to stamp their authority, however, the game see-sawed from end to end with the half time hooter going off with USIU-A leading 1:0. On resumption, Wazalendo went on the offensive and were rewarded by a goal in the 56th Minute when Kipkemoi Limo combined well upfront with Nelson Franco to slot past the USIU-A custodian from open play. USIU-A did not sit back and rallied their troops to restore the lead when a lapse in the Wazalendo defense allowed them to go ahead once again in the 60th Minute. USIU-A defended the lead to the last minute thus earning them the 9th slot.

On the following day, Wazalendo Youth made amends for their senior compatriots by dimming the inexperienced Daystar university four goals to nothing in the National league. With the top slot of the National league already gone to Technical University of Kenya (TUK), Wazalendo Youth were left to fight for the only remaining promotion chance by securing the second position in the log. The intention was clear from the onset of the match when veteran Wycliffe Ongori pounced on a long pass to beat the Daystar keeper and score the first goal barely 7minutes into the game. Wycliffe earned the second goal of the game two minutes later after stringing passes with fellow veteran James Mwangi applying experience to beat the Daystar defense to end the first half 2:0 to the good. On resumption of the second half, Wazalendo youth went back on the hunt for goals and before Daystar could settle into the game, Charles Namale who had come in as a substitute on the left half, unleashed a lethal pass that found Joshua Mwangi well positioned in the circle to sound the boards for Wazalendo Youths third goal. To crown the game, the captain of the day and experienced coach Fidhelis Kimanzi wiggled his way around the Daystar defense to score Wazalendo Youth’s fourth goal. The proceedings stayed that way to the end of the game giving Wazalendo You the much needed 3 points to make a total of 22point. Wazalendo youth now has one foot in the promotion box for next year’s premier league. The Champaign is however still on the ice as the team awaits the results of the final matches of Park Road Tigers and Multimedia University to be played on the weekend of 26th and 27th November 2016 respectively. Both Park Road Tigers and Multimedia University must win their remaining matches with huge goal margins to be able to dethrone Wazalendo Youth from the second spot in the log.

Having lost out on the trophies from the KHU League, Wazalendo Hockey Club still has something to celebrate for the season that is just ending having won the 7th edition of the Agnelo D’Souza memorial tournament popularly known as Sana tournament in Mombasa.

The 7th edition of the Agnelo D’Souza memorial tournament was hosted at the Braebun School Mombasa on 22nd and 23rd October 2016. The Wazalendo has never missed the tournament ever since it was started by Coast Hockey Association. As is the norm in recent times, Wazalendo entered 2 teams. One team was majorly composed of the veterans of the club while other team was made up of bone crunching tacklers, speedsters and never die spirited youngsters.

With four teams in their pool, the veterans’ team had won one, lost one and drew one at the end of the first day, leaving them with a mathematical chance of progression to the knockout stages the next day. Their fate was to be determined by a match that was totally out of their control and as fate would have it, the math never worked to their favor hence bidding bye to the proceedings. On the other hand the speedsters’ team had topped their pool amassing 7 points from 3 matches and scoring 6 goals in the process.

So come the second day it was a day for the speedsters who had proven themselves to proceed to the next stage to face an equally pacey Kilifi Government sponsored Pwani University students in the 4th quarter final. At the end of the game it was the Wazalendo youngsters who prevailed 2-1. The semifinal was pitted the young Wazalendo lads against USIU-A, a team with yet the same crop of university players. Despite playing most of the game inside the USIU’s half the game ended at a stalemate and it was up to the 8 second shootout to separate the teams. A solitary goal by Captain Job Omondi got Wazalendo to the final pitting them against the indomitable and tournament favorite Kenya police!

Invited guests took their time to arrive as the organizers prepared the scene for the final match and so the whistle starting the final match went off with the guests having settled to watch what was billed as a David vs Goliath encounter.

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The fans were treated to entertaining encounters as Wazalendo matched the much fancied Kenya Police move by move, capturing the excited fans to express themselves at the top of their voices while the players within the pitch expressed themselves from the bottom of their hearts. It was a game of who needed the win the most with Kenya Police having early chances and betting odds leaning to their favour. All that and some unsaid still had the teams at a stalemate at the end of the first half. Come second half, it seemed that Kenya Police were clearly going to have this but as time dragged on the pressure mounted as they wondered why they were just not scoring. Much to their chagrin, Police just realized they playing against a team composed of mentally astute players with a never say attitude and as the final whistle blew, all the players retreated to their respective camps having won half the battle and now plotting the next stage of the final and hoping that fate would favour them in the 8 second shootouts. The mood inside the pitch sober and tense, the mood outside, simply ecstatic. At the end of the day, Wazelendo converted 2 of their 3 shootouts with Police converting just 1. For the first time in the 7 years that the club had attended the tournament, the small group of speedsters with an attitude to reckon with lifted the Agnelo D souza memorial hockey tournament men’s cup 2016 edition.

Kudos Wazalendo for lifting the coveted Coast trophy!

me second half, it seemed that Kenya Police were clearly going to have this but as time dragged on the pressure mounted as they wondered why they were just not scoring. Much to their chagrin, Police just realized they playing against a team composed of mentally astute players with a never say attitude and as the final whistle blew, all the players retreated to their respective camps having won half the battle and now plotting the next stage of the final and hoping that fate would favour them in the 8 second shootouts. The mood inside the pitch sober and tense, the mood outside, simply ecstatic. At the end of the day, Wazelendo converted 2 of their 3 shootouts with Police converting just 1. For the first time in the 7 years that the club had attended the tournament, the small group of speedsters with an attitude to reckon with lifted the Agnelo D souza memorial hockey tournament men’s cup 2016 edition.

Kudos Wazalendo for lifting the coveted Coast trophy!

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