After the hard fought draw the previous weekend, Kamikaze travelled to the east with yet another depleted squad to take on Orange Warriors at Pasir Ris Sec in what was to be yet another exciting encounter. However, the reason for the excitement was due to be KKZ's own making though. For a match played in a turf field, under such hot weather, and against physical opponents, bringing along just 12 squad members seemed a recipe for disaster. With Fazail, and Safar both out due to commitments, the sole creative threat seemed to fall to the injured Yeli, and this looked to be a low-scoring game.
But KKZ put paid to those thoughts within 2 mins of the kickoff, as Victor dispossessed the opposing centre-mid just inside their half, and raced towards goal, before toe-poking into the right hand corner to give KKZ a surprise lead. Vishnu soon doubled the lead, and took his season tally to 7, once again latching on to a loose ball after a defensive error, and lashed an unstoppable shot that the diving keeper could do nothing about. When Yeli dazzled and jinked down the right flank before putting in a cross, that Gerard scissors-kicked into goal, to put KKZ up 3-0 at half-time, the match looked a foregone conclusion.
However, defensive errors of their own, and fatigue meant that KKZ led in 3 sloppy goals, and were staring at conceding a 4th. However, a neat through ball from Vishnu, saw Victor give chase and benefit when the keeper fumbled, as he put through a cross that Avi converted with style, to give them yet another hard-fought result.
This was not a game easy on the eye, especially the second-half performance of KKZ. However, it must be noted that this was a severely depleted and understrength squad, both in terms of number and quality. Hence, the victory will be savoured nonetheless. But, the nature of the game, has sent the management into the backroom to discuss measures to improve the attendance and balance of the squad heading into what promises to be an exciting season.
Gerard was voted Man of the Match, for a dominating midfield performance, whilst Vishnu has been growing from strength to strength to stake his claim for a First XI spot. Special mention must also be given to retired star Sateesh Ruud Balloon, who took timeoff from his NS stint to put in a top-notch performance to wow his fans!
Squad List: Ganesh Vivace, Neshsta, Suresh Boyyee, Janarthan, Prem, Seelan, Gerard, Aravin Yeli, Avi YoungBoys, Vishnu, Victor, Sateesh Ruud Balloon
Final Score: KKZ 4 - Oranje Warriors 3
Goals: Victor, Vishnu, Gerard, Avi YoungBoys
Assists: Aravin Yeli, Victor