There has been something very businessman-like about this new incarnation of Team Kamikaze. The way it goes about settling its matters efficiently, the way they turn up for matches with all the players showing excellent initiative, the way the management does not think twice about punishing errant players, the way they dominate opponents. This is a new efficient side of KKZ and the fans hope that this incarnation lasts longer than the previous faces of KKZ.
They squared up against Goal Arena League Alumni Salem Fire. With reports swirling, that Kamikaze are indeed set to join the Goal Arena League, this match-up set the rumour meters ablaze. With pundits noting that this match would be a test of Goal Arena and also KKZ's ability to match up to the league, all eyes were firmly set on how this match would play up.
It would be an understatement however, to say that Kamikaze passed the test with flying colours. The first half ended goalless despite Kamikaze creating a host of chances, and doubts could have started creeping into a lesser team. But Kamikaze have a new found resurgence about their play, and soon made their dominance count after the break.
A trademark short-corner routine saw Safar playing the ball onto Manjan, who made no mistake with the finish. Soon after, Mohawk made amends for a horrendous miss, by playing a through ball onto the path of Victor who flicked it pass the keeper and scored into an empty net.
Young Star Vishnu who is growing in stature with each passing game, got onto the scoresheet in the best of fashion. A brilliant passing move saw Kamikaze complete 10 passes, which was finished as Pratheep cut the ball back to Dinzo who swung in a delicious cross, that Vishnu delightfully glanced into the net to score a first ever goal for Kamikaze with his head.
3-0 was how it ended, and it was yet another businessman-like performance by Kamikaze.
USPO Suresh dominated the centre of the midfield, won all of his aerial duels and stamped his authority on the game. And for that kind of a sizzling performance, his teammates rewarded him by rating him the Man of the Match.
Squad List: Ganesh Vivace, Jayraj, Maaran, Dinzo Dinesh, Manjan Dinesh, Haresh, USPO Suresh, El Fazail, Vishnu, Mohawk Vicky, Safar, Haravin, Victor, Pradeep, Seelan, Viki, Prem
Final Score: KKZ 3 - Salem Fire 0
Goals: Manjan Dinesh, Victor, Vishnu
Assists: Safar, Mohawk Vicky, Dinzo Dinesh
M.O.M: USPO Suresh