They were told that the opponents were a Malay team. They were told that the opponents were gonna be late for the match. But Kamikaze was not informed that the opponents were gonna be such tough opposition. They were like a motley crew, players banded from everywhere. But amidst their ranks, they boasted 2 players, one a Prime League midfielder, and the other a former National U-23 striker, and between them they scored and created all 5 goals of their team, all long range efforts. However, this is a Kamikaze that has once again reinvented itself. This was a Kamikaze that was capable of instilling fear in its opponents too. This was a Kamikaze that knew how to score wonder goals, and that is what they did as they even-ed a match, that could have swung anyway.
The opponents opened the scoring within 5 minutes, when a routine cross was pumped into the back of the net via a long distance volley. But KKZ responded in style as Safar played a delightful throughball, that Golden Boy Vishnu exquisitely chipped past the keeper. They then went 2-1 up, vis-a-vis the same connection as this time Safar's cross was met with a thumping volley by Vishnu.
Kamikaze had a severe shortage of players, and only had 1 subsitute due to several last minute withdrawals. The deficit took its toll, as quick counter-attacks saw the opponents create several chances, and they squared the game as another long-range shot gave the keeper no chance.
Under-strength Kamikaze came fired up in the second half, determined to match their superior opponents, however the lack of manpower clearly showed as they went behind yet again by another expert cross that was met with an equally superb shot. Kamikaze showed that they could match up in the shot-taking department too, as Vishnu let loose a ferocious shot looking for his hat-trick, only for the keeper to parry the ball onto the path of Victor who managed to tuck it in. The sole respite for the veteran striker, who had a totally dreadful game to forget.
Safar, however was having a magical game and he showed his class, by finally scoring his first goal of the season, by racing on to Dinzo's lofted pass, beating two defenders on the run, and scoring past the Keeper's nearpost to once again bring KKZ on level terms, after the opponents had once again taken the lead via a long shot.
When the opponents, scored their 5th goal, and Victor who compounded his terrible game and missed a penalty, everyone thought that the game was over for Kamikaze. Everyone, except Kamikaze themselves. They kept attacking, and once again Safar found himself fouled inside the box, and this time stepped up to take the spot kick himself, capping a splendid afternoon for him.
Kamikaze, however showed that they still possessed the resilience that has long been their trademark. While they have recruited significantly to their player armoury, there are bad days, where the squad is left depleted. On such a day, like this one, it is the Kamikaze Spirit that will see the team through, like it had. This match was a fantastic warm-up for the tough road ahead. And going by what we saw, there are only good times ahead for Team Kamikaze!
Safar deservingly won the Man of the Match award, but special mentions have to be given to young Keeper Vicky Razgy who had yet another scintillating performance, despite letting in 5 unstoppable goals. If not for his heroics, KKZ would surely have conceded even more, such were the shooting might of the opponents. Vishnu, who continued his goal-scoring form, and Dinzo who put in a flawless performance were all commended by the team management and encouraged to reach higher standards.
Squad List: Vicky Razgy, Neshsta, Suresh Boyyee, Geevagan, Dinzo Dinesh, Seelan, El Fazail, Aravin Yeli, Safar, Vishnu, Victor, Hari YoungBoys
Final Score: KKZ 5 - Malay SharpShooters 5
Goals: Vishnu (2), Victor, Safar (2)
Assists: Safar(2), Vishnu, Dinzo Dinesh