FT: Tandaza 4 (Marvo 2, Byron 1, Ihaji 1) – Dimba 1
Frank ‘Zaee’ Odongo played his first 90 minutes in the league for the team; a sublime performance that earned him the unanimous man-of-the-match gong. His touch was silky, his positioning impeccable. He threaded several long passes throughout the game that had the fans abuzz every time the ball came to his feet.
The Lastborn, Jabez Buraje was also making his debut for the team at the left fullback position. His star shone bright with his assured performance and a confidence that defied his young age. Ismail ‘Guendouzi’ Alariki also made a late cameo for the team after a long layoff with an injury. His impact on coming on was immediately felt as he put the defense on the backfoot every time he got the ball.
Lefty, Frank, Jabez and Ihaji made up our back 4. Justo, Gody and Walt were the engine in the mid as Kasee, Olii and Marvo ran the show upfront. Kolongo was our man between the posts.
The opponents started the game strong, pinning us in our half for the early minutes of the game. There were a few small scares but we largely weathered the early exchanges without any damage. The opponents would eventually come to regret not taking their chances when they had the opportunity because when we picked, we picked and we did not look back. Jabez was combining well with the mid and the front three on his numerous forays up-field. Justo and Gody were winning everything in the mid. Frank was pinging long passes to the front 3 you’d think he was measuring them with a precise magical ruler. We could have had a couple of goals in the first 20 minutes but luck was not with us just yet.
The goal finally came though; quick tikitaka moves in the midfield culminated to a great pass to Kasee who took it on the run and made his now signature run down the wing, through the defenders as if they were cones laid for his movement practice. Down the touchline he went and just before the ball rolled out of the field, he floated it for a cross that was well met by Marvo for the first goal of the game. The goal din’t seem to deflate the opponents though as they continued to create chances for themselves only to be met by the Lefty Onsando led wall at the back. A quick counter was taken up by Kasee who had drifted central and once again he was the provider, stringing a perfect pass to Marvo who went on a gallop into the opponents D area. A defender was on him like a leech though but he kept on. He faked a left shot, dropped a shoulder that took the defender off his path, lifted his head to pick a spot and connected for the goal to make it 2 nil just before the halftime break.
Byron came on immediately in the second half for the highly impressive Jabez on a tactical switch with Olii slotting back to the defense position. The change bore fruits nearly instantly. Walt, who had been a thorn on the opponents’ defense all evening, went on his Walt-Run down the right side leaving the defenders for the dead behind him. He served a a sumptuous cross to Byron who controlled perfectly, lifted his head to pick a spot as practiced and calmly slotted to the near post to make it 3 for our boys. That move would be repeated later in the game with roles switched, Byron providing the assist but Walt missed his perfect connection and shot wide.
The best was however saved for last. Ihaji stepped up to take a freekick some meters out of the 18 area. Lined it up, 7 steps back, CR7 pose…and all the fans at Lower Kabete knew exactly where the ball was headed. It did not disappoint – straight to the top right net to make it 4. The opponents got a consolation goal from a penalty.
The league takes a break until early January.