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
Alot has been said about Nalondo’s Main man Lamec Ambetsa , but today in the rugby 15s match who knew that Wazalendo’s young winger could go round him!
Despite losing the match 15-20, Wazalendo dotted down the first try Timothy Wabomba showing great speed and determination to go over the line.
Nalondo fired back with two quick tries before Wazalendo evened the scores, it wasn’t until the second half that Nalondo got the better of a rather lethargic Wazalendo.
The match ended in a 20-15 win for the hosts Nalondo, a repeat scheduled to happen in a fortnight. Viva Wazalendo.
The Bungoma Patriots travel alittle up North, to kick start their October activities with a crucial match against Nalondo RFC at the Senator Wetangula Stadium in Nalondo.
They’ll play a series of matches beginning with a 7s match, then a rugby 10s match, before concluding with a rugby 15s match that will kick off at 2pm.
The last time this two sides met, Bungoma Wazalendo put 5 tries past Nalondo in a ruthless Wazalendo manner.
The Patriots are using this matches as build up to their maiden rugby 15s season.
Earlier on we captured the return of Ken Obel ‘Harry Kane ‘ https://4wazalendorugby.sport.blog/2020/08/31/the-return-of-the-beasts-2/ , the question that now remains in everyone’s mind after watching him play on Sunday is a simple one, “Is Ken Obel the next Songoi?”
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.
The Patriots concluded their August fixtures with games against Kibabii RFC, Nalondo RFC and Kimilili RFC respectively, drawing the first game and winning the last two.
September is particularly an important month for the Patriots, the Patriots founder celebrates his birthday every 13th of September. Plans for September include a friendly against Mwiruti RFC at home next Sunday, then they travel to Kimilili a week later for there match against Jogoo RFC.
They then head to the Kenya-Uganda border for a crucial match against Malaba RFC, before concluding their away matches, with a match against Vihiga Granites.
The Patriots will conclude their September activities with a demo tournament of the Ingoholics 7s.
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.