HOCKEY: Wazalendo sides register mixed results
Hockey Super League season opens
Parklands Sports Club's Maxwell Njolo (L) and USIU-A's Victor Chidi (R) jostle for the ball during a past match.
Multimedia University spoilt Wazalendo Masters' party with a late goal in their men's Hockey Super League season opener played at the City Park Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was a battle of equals as both teams had a 50% ball possession, high rate of accurate passes and ran the field each creating chances which were combated with tight defense.
The two squads played 46 minutes with none hitting the opponents'boards as goals in the 1-1 draw game were notched in in the eighth and 54th minutes. After a formatted build up advancing towards Multimedia's danger zone, Richard put the guest lineup, Wazalendo Masters ahead 0-1 in the first quarter.
Still trailing by a goal in the fourth quarter, the varsity outfit piled pressure on their opponents and their efforts bore fruits when Frank Alusa came through with a spectacular shot past Wazalendo Masters' custodian in the 54th minute.
In the Women's Super League, the University of Nairobi and debutants Orange Leonas failed to crack each other's back-line and settled to a barren draw at the same venue.
In the third tier competitions dubbed National League, the traveling Daystar University hammered Wazalendo Youth 1-3. It looked like the Machakos County-based varsity squad used the opening quarter to learn the opposing players. Visiting Daystar hit Wazalendo Youth in the first minute of the second quarter (16th) through Robert Kisorio.
Bernard Kubasu cancelled Kisorio's goal in the 38th and the determined Daystar made their went all out to collect maxim points with two goals in the 49th and 56th minutes from Ambrose Ochieng and Ismael Ibrahim respectively.