Wazalendo off the mark with win over USIU

Wazalendo off the mark with win over USIU

FILE: Wazalendo players celebrates scoring against Sikh Union during their Kenya Hockey Union Premier League match at the City Park Hockey Stadium in Nairobi on March 31, 2019. Wazalendo won 1-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

  • Sutcliffe Osagi opened the scoring via a field goal on the 23rd minute and Rioba Otora doubled his side’s advantage five minutes later from a penalty
  • Momentum swung in favour of USIU in the third quarter but they were unable to capitalize thanks in part in to some stoic defending from the Wazalendo backline

Wazalendo registered their first win of the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Men’s Premier League season with a 2-0 victory over USIU on Sunday at City Park.

Sutcliffe Osagi opened the scoring via a field goal on the 23rd minute and Rioba Otora doubled his side’s advantage five minutes later from a penalty.

Momentum swung in favour of USIU in the third quarter but they were unable to capitalize thanks in part in to some stoic defending from the Wazalendo backline.

The Wazalendo interim head coach Joseph Ndungu Njogu applauded his side for the splendid performance.

"We needed the victory to get us up and running for the season so now we soldier on to our next fixture," Njogu said.

His USIU counterpart John Kabuu said he felt they deserved a better result and bemoaned the absence of some of his key players from the clash.

"The game didn't go according to our expectations and for us this is three points dropped. We are back to drawing board ahead of our next fixture,” he said.

Victory Wazalendo move into fourth place on the standings with three points, one ahead of USIU who are fifth with two points.

Wazalendo next face an away trip to Western Jaguars in Kakamega on April 10. USIU will play Jaguars the day earlier at the same venue.

In an entertaining women’s fixture, defending champions Blazers shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw with the 2019 runners-up USIU.

Terry Juma put Blazers ahead following a successful penalty conversion before Veronica Mava restored parity through a field goal.

Blazers host Strathmore University next Sunday while USIU will be away against Amira Sailors on April 3.

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