The MU Super League ended in an insipid final last weekend, with no awards for the finalists. Wazee wa Kazi won the match frantically edging out Wasafi, 2-1 with a last minute tap-in from Ishmael Mwangi. Boca Seniors finished third, after a walkover in the third place playoff, as Field Marshalls failed to turn up.
The winners beat Boca Seniors 3-1 in the semis, to book the final. The league top scorer Federico Muia, went on to boost his goal tally to nine, scoring the first for Wazee. The match was not yet over for Wasafi, as the men in white proved their comeback frenzy, Eugene Otieno netting the equaliser. The speedy “Jojo” beat goalkeeper Charles Brian who had left the post empty, to find the net after a well calculated counterattack.
Wasafi overcame Field Marshalls in the semifinals to book the final, beating them in the penalty shootout. The tension-filled clash saw “Pogba” score the first goal for Marshalls, before Vincent Okinyi equalized for Wasafi in another comeback. The pressure extended to the spot kicks, where Sammy Mwangu missed his kick to a save by Wasafi’s Brian Asuka. It is Patrick Ndolo who completed the shootout, scoring the fifth for Wasafi to send their technical bench and fans into massive celebration.
“The game was intense. We knew Wasafi are a good team just like us. We prepared very well for this game and our winning mentality gave us an upper hand.” Eliud Metto the Wazee captain said.On his side, Wasafi coach Kevin Oginga pointed out poor defence on his team, after conceding via set pieces. He however, appreciated his squad for making it to their first final, despite a poor start in the league.
On matters awards, Eliud went on to insist that the players didn’t need gigantic prizes, as a little appreciation would do. “Students subscribe to an activity fee. I think it will be worthwhile if the University utilizes those funds to motivate these players. A single ball is enough,” said a disappointed Oginga. Despite the scenario, several players won the hearts of many, with Wasafi FC assistant coach Byron Ochieng standing out as most influential on the touchline.
Joseph Atsere of Biological, Melvin Omollo of Marshalls and Elvis Ochieng of Waiya found the net eight times and even surpassed Muia before the last two matches. .Eugene “JoJo” of Wasafi managed the top five too with a seven-goal tally, despite low start in the first leg. Alan Keitany of Boca Seniors was the dead ball spacialist, scoring four goals from free kicks. Brian Asuka of Wasafi, Kevin Omondi of Marshalls and Alfred Ndemo of Upper Hill stood out as top three goalies respectively.
In commanding the defence, Wasafi captain Vincent Omollo was exceptional and even got branded “The MU Ramos”, boasting a bond with Evans. Others nominees were Sadian Akolo and John Mbati of Wazee, Eric Nalianya and Sammy Mwangu of Boca Seniors and Marshalls respectively. The midfield battle had Edwin Maru of Upper Hill, Vincent Andanda of Sharks and Brian Ngatia and Jimmy ” Messi” of Seniors. It is however the final collabos of Moses-Eliud in Wazee and Tony-“Alexis ” of Wasafi, that triumphed.