Wazalendo coach Fidelis Kimanzi hailed his team’s ruthless intensity as they convincingly beat defending champions Strathmore University 5-2 in a Kenya Hockey men's Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.
Elly Mwanzi orchestrated one of the upsets of the season with a brace against the students. However, it was the quick and aggressive attacking flair of Wazalendo that got Kimanzi in cloud nine.
“We were the better team today and deserved the win. Unlike in previous matches, we took our chances and remained hungry for once we scored. This enabled us to penetrate even further and cause them problems,” Kimanzi said.
Wazalendo made a statement of intent in the fifth minute when playmaker Stanley Chege was on hand to convert a penalty corner delivered by Job Omondi.
Kimanzi’s decision to give Chege a more offensive role paid off. The attacking midfielder was forced to play deep in their previous match against Parklands Sports Club which resulted in a lack of the creative spark he often offers.
Chege was giving goalkeeper Peter Okinda all sorts of problems, denying him twice in the first quarter.
The students were ploughed back into their own half in the second quarter and conceded in the 18th minute. Substitute Peter Mulati scored five minutes after coming off to finish off a well worked fluid move with a lovely shot from inside the circle.
Davies Mulongo was only on the field for three minutes when he rifled home their third goal in the 21st minute after being allowed time and space to shoot at the turn. Mwanzi added quick fire goals in the 29th and 32nd minute as they lead emphatically 5-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Strathmore University got two consolation goals in the final two minutes through Cornelius Mambili and Festus Onyango who notched his fourth goal of the season.
Coach Meshack Senge admitted that his team fell apart early on. “It was a bad performance by the team. Their attitude was not right and conceded way too easily. It was a bad day in the office for us and we would like to put this result behind and focus on the next match tomorrow,” Senge added.
The loss was their second in three matches and they drop to 11th from ninth on the 15 team log. Wazalendo remain fourth on 14 points.
In an earlier match, Park Road Badgers moved up four places? to sixth position after seeing off Technical University of Kenya 2-0. Andrew Kamau converted a 19th minute penalty corner before Ian Lang'at sealed the match with his 38th minute strike.
TUK have found life in the top flight tough and remain winless as the bottom based side in the league. They only have one draw in nine matches and a single point from their endeavours.
USIU-A 1 Parklands Sports Club 0, Technical University of Kenya 0 Park Road Badgers 2, Wazalendo 5 Strathmore University 2 (Premier League Men);
Mombasa Sports Club 1 Multimedia University 1 (Premier League Women);
Park Road Tigers 0 Mvita XI 0 (National League)
Source: Sportsnews Arena