This sunday was probably the most exciting friendly to date as fate saw 2 giants, Kamikaze and Mexican Aces get pitted against each other in a fierce battle. Although surprised at first, both teams came to accept reality and prepared to take on each other. Mexican aces, come into this game with an unbeaten streak which saw them taking the Championship trophy back to their trophy cabinet at stadio del Ace.
Kamikaze boasted the return of uspo and had a both ganesh and akbar in goalkeeper duties. As well as a boost, they were also let down by the absence of captain jay raj, creative midfielder fazail who was sent to KL to recuperate from his injury and injured yassin who spectated a match. They were also without hevy and mohawk vicky who were still nursing their injuries. They also recalled balloon and vishnu to add more spice to their attack.
It was kamikaze who drew first blood as safar, with a sweet assist from barathi wiggled his way through before cheekily waiting for the goalkeeper to commit and round him to score. Safar's technique is well known but this goal deserves a special praise. After that aces began their play and started getting comfortable on the ball. Kamikaze packed their midfield with hariboy, seelan and viki working in tandem to break up attacks and provide the ball to either barathi or eli to spring into attack. Their tactics and gameplay worked out well as the wingers made a spectacular pass to safar who in turn, lays it out for balloon to tap in despite an onrushing horde of defenders. Although failing to impress last season, the manager's faith in the young striker paid off and he got onto the scoresheet after almost a year.
In the 2nd half, as always , kamikaze were on the backfoot and could not come out of the defensive half, often parrying away any attacks coming their way. Aces were in full frontal attack and it did pay off as they equalised from 2 goals by their blistering fast winger although replay clearly shows that in the 2nd goal, akbar was actually fouled and the referee failed to spot it. With the score 2-2, kamikaze's final throw of the dice came in the form of matthew.
All they knew about him was that he was fast. Some have seen him play. Some haven't. But what everyone saw that day made a stamp that he was a player to watch. Almost immediately after his introduction, he added that extra edge in attack and close to 70 mins of game play, he struck. He got the ball from midfield, sidestepped 4 onrushing players , and blasted the ball into top left of the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper was left shaking his head and kamikaze were left in jubilation. The last 20 mins was kamikaze's to conquer and they did so with some slick passing and possessional play. Final score was 3-2 to kamikaze and all the credit should go to the players, working harder than last week and showing that they have a point to prove especially after last week friendly's clumsy loss. Special mention would also go out to viki, barathi and eli for busting their lungs out for this game regfardless of the different situations they were in. Keep the same attitude going and kamikaze will be rubbing shoulders with many more giants soon. Although aces would feel hard done by, kkz would like to remind them that they were worthy and equal opponents and in no way, lesser compared to us in terms of result.
This week sunday kamikaze take on an unknown opponent @ serangoon secondary 3pm kickoff. Please come down if you are free and watch the heroes in action. Till then ciao!
Final Score kkz 4 Aces 3
Scorer : Safar , Satheesh , Matthew