Township Derby

The patriots from Bungoma take the short trip to Kibabii, to face their township rivals Kibabii RFC.

The matches kick off at 11am tomorrow morning. The first match being a rugby 7s match, while the second match is a rugby 10s match.

The Patriots, commonly referred to as Wazalendo, have made upto five changes to their squad that took part in the last weekend’s tournament in Nalondo, preferring to call in the likes of experienced forward Rino Nabutola, halfback Obed and Speedy winger Chris Mbaya.

The Patriots have not won any game since they last beat Nalondo in a rugby 10s match, 5 weeks ago, and it is this reason that has led to the changes in the squad.

May the best team win.

Injury Update

Wazalendo’s leading try scorer, Mike Nyando alias Rapogi, is out for upto three weeks with a sprained ankle.

It’s a major loss to the Patriots as they prepare to take on Kibabii RFC, in the township derby this coming weekend.

Former Kenya under 20 prop, James Wens Wanjala, is finalising his injury rehabilitation program and is expected back at training from next week.

Glen Mwangi is still doubtful to play in the derby, after being out for three weeks due to a sprained ankle.

Speedy winger, Chris Mbaya has recovered from a groin injury that kept him out last week and is expected to start on the left wing against Kibabii.

Aseka Cup Results and Highlights

Bungoma Wazalendo Community rugby club kicked off their tour of Kakamega (https://4wazalendorugby.sport.blog/2020/07/03/kakamega-tour/), on the back foot, losing both the rugby 7s and rugby 15s matches against their annual rivals Mumias RFC commonly referred to as Imboko.

In the 7s aside match, both the first half and second half ended in a barren draw, forcing the game to go into extra time. The first half of the second half ended scoreless, but it was in the second half where Mumias took their chance and scored the solitary try that sealed the victory for them.

The rugby 15s game kicked off later on in the afternoon, and the first half was scoreless. The Wazalendo failing to capitalise on their chances, lapses in concentration gifting Mumias RFC alot of possession.

Mumias struck first in the second half, then later on in the dying minutes of the game they got their second try that gave them victory over The Patriots.

The tour of Kakamega is still on, and next weekend Wazalendo brace themselves to face off with Western Bulls at the Bull ring.

It’s an appeal to all Wazalendo sponsors and well wishers to support the team in whatever way inorder for them to travel and play. Contributions should be channelled through the club’s treasurer Austin Aunyasi 0723073355.

Derby: Return Leg

Wazalendo senior made the short trip across town on foot led by their founder Peter J, for the second leg of the Wazalendo derby a week after they hosted the Wazalendo junior team in the first leg.

The first match was a rugby 7s game, Wazalendo senior quickly got the better of the juniors with a try from Mike Nyando, Emmanuel Matibila and Walela. Wazalendo junior got their first consolation try from Lamec Ambetsa in the first half to make the scores 15-5 heading in to the break.

Mike Nyando was on fire and in the second half he completed his hattrick with two stunning tries, showing serious gas and speed to bag the tries on both occasions.

Lamec Ambetsa completed his hattrick as well for the Wazalendo junior team, putting into good use the raw speed that he is known for. Greg Namasaka and Charles were the other scorers as Wazalendo Senior led the Wazalendo junior 35-25 at fulltime.

The next game was a rugby 10s match, and a try by one of the Wazalendo junior forwards and another try by Lamec Ambetsa in each half of the match, was enough to grant Wazalendo junior a 10-0 win.

The last match was a rugby 7s match, between Wazalendo Senior Developmental team vs the Wazalendo junior developmental team. The senior side won 15-10.

Rugby 7s

Wazalendo Senior 35-25 Wazalendo Junior

Rugby 10s

Wazalendo senior 0-10 Wazalendo junior

Rugby 7s

Wazalendo Senior B 15-10 Wazalendo junior B.

Next up is the tour of Kakamega(https://4wazalendorugby.sport.blog/2020/07/03/kakamega-tour/) where the Wazalendo are expected to play some high profile games.

An appeal to Wazalendo well wishers and fans, to kindly help the team financially inorder for them to attend the Kakamega friendlies. This should be done through the Wazalendo treasurer Austin Aunyasi 0723073355, even as the Wazalendo seek for sponsorship.

Partnership Deal

Earlier on this morning, Wazalendo rugby club entered into a partnership agreement with Sense7 life club.

The deal came after Wazalendo founder Peter J held a one hour meeting with Brian Masika, founder of Sense7 Life Club.

Based on the agreement, Sense7 life club will handle the financial aspects of the Wazalendo rugby club. This will entail planning, budgeting and execution of key financial roles.

Sense7 life club will also play an advisory role, advising Wazalendo on the best businesses to venture in.

Wazalendo Derby

The rugby 10s match between Wazalendo senior and Wazalendo junior was preceded by two rugby 7s matches, one between Wazalendo senior A and Wazalendo senior B which ended in a 10-10 draw. Moses, Sean, Mike Ochieng Nyando ‘Rapogi’ and Ian Wanyonyi were all on target for their respective sides.

In the second rugby 7s match, pitting Wazalendo Senior vs Wazalendo junior, Rino Nabutola opened the scoring for the seniors with a massive hit down the left wing and he was gone for the try. Both Rapogi and Ian Wanyonyi were on target as the half ended 15-0 in favour of the seniors.

Bildad Ogeta registered Wazalendo junior’s first try of the match in the second half, showing great strength and speed to score. The game ended 15-5 in favour of Wazalendo senior, who were kept scoreless in the second half.

Things got off to an interesting start, when the rugby 10s match between Wazalendo senior and Wazalendo junior commenced. Bildad Ogeta scoring barely a minute into the match, to get the juniors ahead.

The first half had no other scores, and as the two teams went into the break it was Wazalendo junior that was 5-0 up. Tides changed in the second half and two quick tries by Rapogi and Mike Mare, put the Wazalendo senior back in control of the match. A late lapse in defence gifted Jacob Silali an opportunity to equalise, ending the game at 10 apiece.

Team doctor, Kiprono, did notable work, tending to the injured.

For more highlights and post match interviews tune in to TV Magharibi at 8pm.

Kakamega Tour

Newly formed Bungoma Patriots rugby club, commonly known as Wazalendo, have announced plans to tour Kakamega county this July where they are expected to hold a series of friendly matches.

Their first stop will be in Mumias, where they will face Mumias RFC/Imboko in the Aseka cup in honour of the late Thomas Aseka.

Their next friendly match is expected to be against Western Bulls at the Bull ring, before they play against Kabras a week later and wrap up their tour of Kakamega.

When reached for comment on why this friendly matches are important, Wazalendo’s interim coach Keith Machio stated that he needs friendlies against very competitive sides, inorder to build his relatively inexperienced side.

Wazalendo Highlights

Bungoma Wazalendo rugby club had a field’s day, when they took to the field for the first time at the Senator Wetangula’s stadium in Nalondo.

Austin Aunyasi on debut and playing in his first rugby match ever, was impressive and did well to make acouple of tackles as well as some good carries.

Glen Mwangi was on target twice, in both occasions outpacing his opponents to land two tries under the post.

Heavy forwards Mike Mare, Rino Nabutola and Kenya Simbas uncapped front row James Wens Wanjala, showed extreme strength dragging atleast three opponents with them per carry.

In Wazalendo’s second match the full force of their scrum, came to effect as they pushed Nalondo’s scrum over ten metres with every scrum.

With the second game tied at two tries apiece, there came a special moment James Wens, younger brother to Wazalendo’s founder Peter J, committed two opponents and released his older brother for the match winning try. Peter J true to his nature, initiated the Wazalendo dance and hallad at himself with the one finger Wazalendo salute, Ken Obel joined in the celebration.

Their third match against Webuye 10s defending champions, Bukembe ended in a 5-5 draw. Bungoma drawing first blood with a well worked try down the left wing landed by James Wens. Bukembe managing to equalise late in the second half.

Young Jimmy and Samson both on debut , showed that the future of Wazalendo is in good hands.

Discent Ekisa was arguably wazalendo’s most valuable player, showing great determination in attack and defence.

May Wazalendo, The Lord’s team always be blessed.