Five patriots had the honour of taking part in the Kenya Rugby Under 20 trials earlier on today, which were conducted at the Kenya Rugby Union grounds home to Kenya rugby giants Kenya Harlequins RFC.
Roy Nandwa, a Wazalendo protege, was his usual self, running those dangerously elusive lines on attack and displaying rock solid defence when he was needed to. His ability to play any position in the backline is an added advantage for him.
Obed Nyabika, playing at his preferred scrum half position, was on fire with his well timed passes putting the forwards in to space. His ability to martial forwards was also on display, with the coaches seemingly impressed by it.
Ken Obel despite not getting much game time, is a player to watch and he proved that with a huge defensive hit on an opponent when he was brought in. He’s an exemplary quick forward with an ability to play in the second row and back row positions with great comfort.
Quinton Plimo is as dangerous on defence as he is on attack. Playing in the open side prop position his abilities at scrum time proved useful, and earned him the attention of the headcoach among other coaches that were present and also took notice.
The crown though, goes to Austin Aunyasi, he’s barely 10 months old in rugby having joined the sport May of last year (2020). He was quite unfortunate not to play rugby in Highschool, but that definitely did not stop the young lad from joining the Wazalendo Rugby team last year, and now he’s on the verge of getting selected to the Kenya Under 20 national team. The future looks bright for the young man from Bungoma and here at Wazalendo we wish him all the very best.
The official list of all those who’ll be selected to join the training camp will be unveiled in two weeks time.
The Wazalendo project phase I came to an end, on the 26th of December 2020 with the highly anticipated Wazalendo Rugby festival marking its end.
Phase II kicks off later on this afternoon, after the Wazalendo board approved it.
The main focus being, creating more rugby awareness in learning institutions across Western Kenya.
Wazalendo’s headcoach Peter Wamoto, is set to kick start his tour of Western Kenya this afternoon, with a short trip to Mumias, where he is expected to watch the incoming vs outgoing match at Koyonzo Highschool. He will then give his remarks on the match.
Earlier in the day, speaking to the Wazalendo press, Wamoto had quite alot to say about the Wazalendo phase II project and why he chose Mumias as his first destination.
“I’m so excited about phase II of the Wazalendo project, it’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I chose to begin with Mumias because it’s a place that holds alot of memories for me, having spent the first 10 years of my life there, I’ve always been keen to see rugby grow and flourish there. I’ll be heading to Koyonzo Secondary School later on today, at the invitation of their rugby coach Mr Okwemba. I expect to work with several schools both in Bungoma,Busia,Kakamega,Vihiga and Trans Nzoia counties in the forthcoming months.” Peter Wamoto.
The phase 2 project is also expected to cover colleges and Universities, among them Sang’alo Institute,KMTC and Kibabii University in Bungoma, as well as primary schools in the entire region. To book the Wazalendo headcoach for a session in any learning institution, email him ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tomorrow afternoon, the Airstrip in Bungoma will play host to an important tournament, as the Patriots host their first ever rugby festival.
Webuye RFC and Busia RFC are expected to attend the event, with Nalondo, Kimilili and Kibabii RFC also likely to be present.
The tournament will kick off at midday with a series of rugby 7s matches, before eventually ending with a rugby 15s match that is expected to kickoff at 2pm.
Both Wazalendo Senior and Junior teams are co-hosting this festival, fans are highly advised to show up in large numbers and since it’s Oktoberfest, am guessing we all know the drink of choice. Come one, come all. #LetUsMakeBungomaRugbyGreatAgain
The railway line that runs straight through the town centre will be used as the baseline, with all players living on the lower side of the railway(Mashambani, Downtown, Mandizini, Musikoma and ranje), forming the South team.
The North team will consist of players residing in Marell,Sinoko, Milimani,Kanduyi,Siritanyi and Sikata).
The match will be a rugby 15s game, that will serve as build up to the 2020/21 season which the patriots are set to register and participate in.
The game Kicks off at 12.30pm at the Airstrip. Fans are advised to wear masks and come in large numbers.
Ken Obel might not be as physical as Songoi was, but the young man is certainly strong and quick. What he lacks for in his attack is compensated in his defence, he can really put a shoulder on those clean defensive hits and this makes him overally better than Songoi.
The Kabula Highschool alumnus joined the Wazalendo rugby Academy in 2018, and underwent the entire Wazalendo rugby training program that’s known for its intensity. Very few people make it past the first week of the program, which consists of thorough endurance, strength and conditioning drills. After a full year of conditioning and awareness drills, the young man was a completely different rugby player.
His speed and improved skills have seen him deployed at different positions, sometimes playing in midfield and other times finding Himself far out wide at the wing. Originally he is a forward and can play in any backrow or second row position.
Whatever it is that the future holds for the young man is not known, but one thing is clear, it won’t be long before a Big club comes seeking for his signature.
It was always birthday boy and the Patriots went all out, not losing a match, Ken Obel enforcing it all with multiple tries for the young man.
It wasn’t long before Ken Obel dotted down three tries for the Patriots against Kibabii RFC, the game ending 15-5 in favour of the Patriots.
The Patriots hastingly drawing against Kimilili RFC in their rugby 10s match. Once again Ken and Sean dotting down two very important tries.
The third match saw the Patriots Senior team whitewash the Junior team, 20 to nil with yet again Ken Obel scoring two magnificent tries against the junior team.
It wasn’t against Kibabii RFC in a 15s Match that Ken Obel showed his grit, coming on as a second half substitute to dot down two important tries that led the Patriots to a comeback victory against Kibabii RFC.
It was a combined Patriots team, entailing the likes of Kimilili and Wazalendo Junior as well as the senior Patriots that saw the Patriots win against Kibabii RFC 15 to 5 using brute force and determination to win it.
Plenty of activities lined up for tomorrow, as the Patriots take to the field for the fourth Sunday in a row.
Peter Wamoto’s Wazalendo Senior shall take on Peter Bildad Ogeta’s Wazalendo junior in the first match of the day which also doubles up as the Wazalendo derby.
The Wazalendo Senior team will then face Kibabii RFC in what is regarded as the township derby. The last time this two sides met the game ended in a draw, it will be interesting to see which team gets the win.
Kimilili ‘Jogoo’ Rugby
The last match for the Wazalendo Senior will be against Kimilili RFC popularly known as Jogoo RFC. The two sides have already met twice this year and each have a win from the two meetings. It promises to be a mouth watering clash as a very physical Bungoma side takes on a much structured Kimilili team.
Wazalendo’s founder Peter J will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow, and has delegated coaching duties to his Brother James Wens and Wazalendo Junior’s founder Peter Bildad. He will be joined by family and close friends to mark the day that the first Patriot was born.
Appeal To Fans
It is a humble appeal that fans continue to show up in large numbers to support the home team. Wazalendo Rugby is a community initiative owned by the people. Come one, come all.
The Patriots prepare to welcome back four of their most lethal forwards in the new month. Former Kenya Under 20 International, James Wens Wanjala has successfully recovered from an injury sustained 6 weeks ago, and is expected to commence personal training this week before joining the rest of the team next week.
Quick forward Mike Nyando is already back at training, and was instrumental in the win against Kimilili last weekend, showing serious gas and speed to finish off a 60 metre run for the tryline.
Menengai Oilers frontrow, Mike Mare, who has been out on personal commitments is back and should be able to join fellow front row James Wens for the return back to fitness program. He is widely known for his strong ball carrying abilities as well as good scrummaging.
The return of ‘Harry Kane ‘
Arguably the best forward among the Wazalendo, Ken Obel ‘Harry Kane’ , has been out of town for over 10 weeks now and his return brings an end to the Patriots’ lineout woes. His abilities in the air also gives the Patriots a much needed advantage in terms of fielding the aerial balls.
The four are expected to be fully fit in 2 weeks time and should be ready for the Wazalendo friendly match against Kimilili Jogoo RFC in a fortnight.