The Patriots from Bungoma are finalising their preparations for their first clash outside Bungoma County this year, against their arch rivals Mumias ‘Imboko’ RFC in Mumias this coming Saturday.
The Patriots, commonly referred to as Wazalendo, have been in training since the Corona Virus restrictions were lifted, and are pumped up for the clash.
The last time the two sides met was in October of last year,in Bungoma, where Wazalendo won the rugby 10s match while Imboko won the rugby 15s match.
Clashes between this two sides, are nothing less than a spectacle, and fans are encouraged to come in their numbers to watch, albeit observing Covid 19 guidelines(wearing masks, social distancing and using their sanitisers frequently to clean their hands).
Wazalendo will be looking to improve on their performance from a fortnight ago in Mwiruti, and the head coach is certain that alot has been done to improve on the areas that let them down in their last friendly match.
Rugby fans in Mwiruti were today treated to a spectacle, as Bungoma Wazalendo Rugby club battled the home team in a rugby 7s and rugby 10s match.
In the Rugby 7s match, Wazalendo were quick to get on the score board with their winger showing great speed, to go on the outside of his opposite player and score. Wazalendo followed it up with two more tries before the break with a brace from their scrum half.
In the Second half Wazalendo picked up from where they had left with two more tries before Mwiruti responded with three tries.
In the rugby 10s game, Mwiruti RFC gave Wazalendo a taste of their own medicine, when they scored 3 consecutive tries to head into the break with a 15-0 lead. In the second half, they added two more tries before Wazalendo fired back with a consolation try from their hard running prop Emmanuel Wanjala.
Wazalendo Rugby Vice Captain, Keith Wafula, while being hosted for a live radio interview disclosed the team’s program for the year 2021.
In the lively interview held from 5pm, the current Wazalendo Vice captain was put to task to explain why the name Wazalendo was chosen, to which he responded,” Most players here play the game out of passion and determination. Which are key pillars of patriotism.”
He also urged President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, to step in and cushion Rugby players from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. This comes after the recent containment measures, greatly impacted sports leaving most rugby players in a bad state financially.
The interviewers then asked him if Rugby players use any drugs or muscle builders, to which he jokingly replied that rugby players only use legal things.
He spoke of the upcoming Friendly match between Wazalendo and their perennial rivals Mumias RFC, stating that the match will proceed when the government gives the greenlight. He compared the derby between the two teams with the mashemaji derby between AFC and Gor Mahia.
He also mentioned that Wazalendo Rugby, has launched a sports agency which will be incharge of all player transfers to other clubs at a fee of 25% of the transfer cost.
Most importantly he mentioned that the Bungoma Wazalendo team, will be participating in the nationwide league come end of the year. On a lighter note, the interviewers asked him why alot of ladies love rugby players, to which he said rugby and women are like tea and sugar. Viva Wazalendo.
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.