Wazalendo Youth Teach Multimedia University A Lesson In Hockey

On a cool Saturday afternoon on 10th August 2013, Wazalendo Youth Hockey team, the second league side from Wazalendo hockey club, was stepping into the field after a one month break from league action. The purpose was clear, to halt the marauding Multimedia University hockey team. Armed with two wins and two draws from four games played and a promotion slot to look up to, the youthful side had to put all its ammunitions in the right places to come on top.

The start was  lively for the youthful wazalendo side hitting the woodworks just with the first move in the initial stages of the game. As if trying to prove the words of their suspended captain James Were right, the first 10 minutes of the game was spent within the students half and clearly it was just a matter of time before the goals started registering. Unlike in previous encounter with opponents where goals came pouring from Waza Youth forwards, there seemed to be a tinge of uncontained energy resulting in the final pass being wasted. With great anticipation, the fans continued to watch with half goals, numerous penalty corners but still when halftime breather came, the scores were still 0-0.

On resumption, Wazalendo Youth started off where they had left in the first half with their central midfielders Matthew Mutiso aka Socrates  and Deedan Ipaata  linking up beautifully with the anchor Captain for the day, Simon Mwangi aka “Simonynsky”. However an injury to Mutiso midway through the second half saw the scales slightly toppled with a flood of attacks  by multimedia, however the tides were well contained to keep the sheets clean.

A moment of brilliance was the ice breaker when Waza Youth Defender Simon Olugo’s shot was deflected by Multimedia’s keeper into his own net with 9 minutes to go. This caused confusion and the game had to be paused for quick consultation among the match officials who upheld the goal before the restart and for sure it looked like the fate of the students was sealed. When the final whistle blew, it was Waza who had the last laugh. Despite scoring the lowest number of goals in this match this season, Waza had one positive outcome to draw from it; the custodian, Bright Kezengwa  had maintained a clean sheet for the first time, standing tall between the posts to assure his team of maximum points!

The win against veteran George Jalan’go’s charges propelled Wazalendo Youth to the fourth slot on the log with 11 points in hand. With five matches played, the youthful side is four points adrift of the Nakuru Athletics Club who are perched at the top of the log having played five games winning all. Apart from Nakuru Athletics Club, Wazalendo Youth is the only other National league side yet to lose a game. With such a good spell, Wazalendo Youth continues to eye the coveted promotion slot as it goes back to the drawing board to lay ambush on the next opponents.