Monday, June 09, 2014

Kamikaze Leave with Their Heads High despite an unlucky defeat against the Champions

8th June 2014
1 pm Marsiling Secondary

Games like these are why Kamikaze decided to make the jump to MOF. This was an exciting game right from the start. Despite the vast differences in the points table, Happy Feet were not taking the game lightly and came well prepared to put KKZ to the sword, yet for once the Samurais came not to play second fiddle but to show that they too belong.

Both teams started with zest and energy, though it was Happy Feet who maintained the lion’s share of the possession and they soon made the pressure count as two defensive slip-ups saw Kamikaze go down 2-0 in quick succession.

However, Kamikaze soon regained their footing and took the game right to Happy Feet and in an unexpected turn of events, the game was level at half-time as Vijay struck twice, the first after a delightful assist from Gerard resulting in a slip-up by the keeper and the second after a through-ball from Oswind.

Nevertheless Happy Feet showed their depth in quality as they made a host of changes bringing in former Singapore U-16 striker Hanafi, who soon made the difference as a change in pace saw him beat the KKZ defence and launch a wicked shot that gave the keeper no chance. It was soon 4-2 and Happy Feet once again expected to walk all over the park. But Kamikaze were having none of that, as they mounted a valiant fightback and took the attack to Happy Feet once again as they created numerous chances. When Safar delightfully chipped over the keeper into the goal, finishing off an excellent move that saw Vijay win the ball on the flank, passing it to Doctor who lifted it over the defence, it looked like a huge upset was on the cards. That was not to be however, as Happy Feet showed the guile befitting champions as they ran down the clock with numerous players going down with cramps as luck was not to be on KKZ’s side yet again.

Acting Manager Victor said,
“I’ll be lying if I said that I was not proud of my team. That was a magnificent performance right there, yet, the fact is we still made quite a few schoolboy mistakes at crucial periods. At this level, such mistakes will surely be punished as we were today. But matches like this are what inspire my boys. We gave a good account of ourselves today, now we regroup for our next match.”


Squad: Karim (GK), Puvin, Prem, Pravin, Hara (c), Gerard, Karthik Doctor, Barathi, Oswind, Francis, Vijay, Safar, Eng, Aravin Yeli, Vicky Havey

Goals: Vijay (2), Safar
Assists: Gerard, Oswind, Karthik Doctor

Final Score: Kamikaze 3 - 4 Happy Feet

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