Monday, March 01, 2010
CFL 2 - Round 9
28 Feb @ Woodlands Ring Secondary School
League leaders Kamikaze returned to the Woodland Ring Secondary School pitch for the second consecutive week to take on league newcomers Eagle FC. As these two teams have never played before, KKZ were taking nothing for granted as they looked to grab all 3 points. While they were missing several key players due to injury and work commitments, they still fielded a strong enough squad, with Yasin Scholes set to start in his most preferred position of playing just behind the striker.
The inspired change by the management paid instant dividends as within 2 mins of the kickoff Yasin got onto the scoresheet with a delightful volley after having flicked up the ball at the edge of the box turning past two defenders in the process. 1-0, KKZ.
Within 5 mins Yasin confirmed the management's trust in him as he found the scoresheet again, making no mistake in putting the ball through the keeper's legs after having beaten the opponents' offside trap. At this point Kamikaze looked to be steam-rolling through the opponents, only to have complacency set in.
Eagles FC looked to cash in from the complacency as they threw caution to the wind and attacked in numbers. A routine clearance from a corner was botched and the Eagles FC striker
made no mistake in taking the chance and pulling one back. An injury to keeper Akbar seemed to have worsened the situation for KKZ, however his commitment to the team showcased by continuing to play despite the pain, brought back confidence to the team, and 2-1 was how it ended as the teams headed into the half-time team talk.
Inspired by a half-time team talk that told the players to believe in themselves to cut out their errors and capitalise on their positives, Kamikaze took to the field looking to kill off the tie.
Kill off, they did, as Yasin completed his hat-trick in delightful fashion, having again been in the right place at the right time to make a finish that any striker would be proud off. Before the Eagles had time to recover, they found that Safar Torres was more difficult than any striker they had played against as he jinked past three defenders before dummying the keeper and stroking the ball into an empty net. 4-1, KKZ.
From that point onwards, it was all Kamikaze as they dominated all over the pitch and Safar added one more, a delightful chip, before creating another for Havey Adebayor who scored a goal to complete his good day at the KKZ office.
6-1 was how it ended, with Kamikaze players once again performing with their hearts out. Despite making a few errors here and there, everyone played an inspiring game giving their 100% for the team that they believe in.
The beauty of Kamikaze in this season, is that they are no longer a one-man team, depending on a certain individual's magic to turn a game around. They have showed that they possess match winners all over the pitch and the many different goal scorers of the last 4 games prove testimony to the team work of this incredible team. With that they consolidate their position at the summit of the CFL league leading by 4 points, with a game in hand over their closest rivals. Will this finally be the season where all the good efforts of Kamikaze FC over the years come to fruition? Watch this space!
PS: For the sheer audacity of his hat-trick, his first ever for Kamikaze, Yasin wins the man of the match award. Special mentions go out to Thina, Victor and Lavanesh for an excellent day in the office..
Squad: Akbar Kuszczak, Jayraj Carragher, Thina Da Silva, Navin Da Silva, Victor King, Lavanesh Valencia, Seelan Kong, Hariboy Aerocratz, Diego Haresh, Yasin Scholes, Havey Adebayor, Cristiano Barathi, Safar Torres, Deen Biasa
Final score: Kamikaze FC 6 - Eagle FC 1
Goals: Yasin Scholes (3), Safar Torres (2), Havey Adebayor
MOM: Yasin Scholes
Link to CFL Website: http://www.cflsport.com/