Wazalendo men’s hockey team remains hopeful of registering impressive results in this season’s Kenya Hockey premier league.
The Nairobi-based side finished second last season a performance that they are looking forward to replicating.
The club has however endured a mixed set of results winning four matches, losing three and drawing two out of the nine matches they have played to be placed third on the standings behind leaders Butali and second-placed Kenya Police.
Head coach Ndung’u ‘Didge’ Njogu who is taking charge of the team for the first time this season, has decried the lack of depth that has affected their run-in.
“We have suffered absenteeism of key players during the season, especially in the last four matches. With the captain, Dunstone Baraza missing during this period, defenders John Rioba, Boniface Ndombi and forward Isaac Nandukule too”, Ndu’ngu said.
The coach added that the suspension of his key players has also slowed down their title charge.
“We had five players who missed several games due to suspensions, this is an area that we need to work on. We must do better in the second leg’’, he added.
The team’s captain Allan Munene however states that the side has done well thus far considering that they have a fairly new squad following the recruitment of players insisting on the team to work on their discipline approach to games.
‘‘We had set out to win the league which is still our goal but there has been a few challenges, our main challenge has been our team’s discipline on the pitch as we are getting carded and playing less, almost half the game which means that the opponents have an upper hand against us but our technical team is working on that’’