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SU football team kicks its way to the top

 

Success on the pitch is the best way to thank your believers and fans. That was the mission on Saturday as Strathmore University FC edged out Aspire FC Nyahururu on home turf. It was a must-win for SUFC as they looked to go back to winning ways. The troops were led out by the able captain Elvis Osodo, drilled and instructed by coach John. The starting lineup was a blend of youth and much-needed experience with seasoned veterans putting in an extra yard on the pitch in the hunt for 3 points.

The first half was quiet with little action on both ends of the pitch. Though keepers were hardly called upon, midfielders bore the brunt of the game. They laboured under the scorching sun to create chances and control the game. Aspire FC played a highline, occasionally putting in decent bouts of pressure. The pitch was not in the best of conditions due to the rains, but it was sufficient to host this encounter. Gridlocked at the score line with halftime knocking, the captain, Osodo, grabbed a goal for SUFC with a far-post header, resulting from a free kick. Clearly, a drill practised in training, Felix ‘Ndefi’ Anami, a dead-ball specialist, delivered the ball deep into the far post where Osodo was waiting to pounce on it. As unpredictable as football is, SUFC conceded an equalizer soon after and it was even heading for the break.

Heads were high during the break, everyone sensing that the game was theirs for the taking. If we avoided sloppiness, we would win the game. Second halves are a test of effort and perseverance and this one was no different. It called for maturity, experience and clear-headedness. Our opponents started at a high tempo, but our defense was always there to sniff out the danger. Right-back Kadima and Left-back Juju were crucial in unlocking our attacking power with good runs down the wings, compounded with occasional drop back by striker Jesse Ngala to support build-up play.

Every match has a moment when the game tilts on its head because an exceptional player took responsibility to win the game for his team. For SUFC, that moment came in the second half and that player was Jesse Ngala. Cometh the hour, he was the man. He was in the midfield, tactically to supply an extra man there, upon receiving the ball, he chested it to control, strode forward, picked his spot and with the marksmanship of a sniper blasted the ball into the net, sending the home crowd into a frenzy. It was a gut punch for Aspire FC, who never really recovered.

SUFC went on to win the game 2-1.

The victory leaves SUFC 9th on the league log with 4 games in hand, having played the least games in the league. They have 10 points with the chance to go 5th if they win their next 2 games.

 

This article was written by Denzel Maina.

 

 

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