Despite being rumbled 47-7 by Nondies in a hard-fought match played at JKUAT Karen on Saturday, the MMU Rugby â€˜The Hawksâ€™ proved to be a stronger team among equals.
Nondies which is one of the professional teams in Kenya got a taste of â€˜The Hawksâ€™ of MMU on the ongoing Franchise Cup dubbed â€˜The Chairman Cupâ€™ in a tight game that was characterized by poor handling, especially under high ball and unnecessary penalties which were unfortunately not capitalized upon by kickers on both sides.
Nevertheless, MMU rugby captain Remmington Washialu said that it was as good improvement as compared to the way they played with Nakuru last weekend where they were beaten 96-0.
â€œThis has given us a psychological motivation since we were able to net in seven goals against Nondies which a highly respected team in the country for their outstanding performance,â€ said Remmintong.
The â€˜Hawksâ€™ who are making their first appearance into the league are keen to gain more experience by playing the top most professional teams that are participating in the Franchise Cup like the Nondies, Nakuru among others.
â€œWe might be beaten by these teams but the most important thing for us is to get exposed and gain that experience that will see us become one of the strongest teams in the country,â€ observes Remmington.
They vowed to continue with their training adding that they will not be discouraged by the two consecutive loses but are focused in doing their best in the fixtures which is yet to be confirmed in the course of the week.
MMU hockey ladies â€˜The Ravensâ€™ had a demoralizing start into the ongoing national league when they sunk down to â€˜Titanicâ€™ of Kenyatta University by 5-0 at City Park Stadium on Saturday.
The Ravens who are making their first appearance into the league put up a frantic fight against their arch-rivals KU but the â€˜Titanicâ€™ took the lead after 16 minutes in the first half by Grace Moraa giving her team their first goal.
The second half saw the Ravens being humiliated more by the Titanic in match that was also attended by MMU Hockey patron Mr. Tom Oundo who saw his ladies going through the cruel axing.
The Titanic went on their full scoring spree when they netted all the remaining three goals in a span of 25 minutes with Grace who scored the first goal giving her team the third goal while the fourth and fifth goal all came from Nana Baraza.
The KU hockey coach Dminic Mutwol praised his team for the good start and vowed to train more on fitness adding that physical fitness was not to the required standard in all the teams.
But MMU hockey coach George Jalango blamed the referees of the game for the lose terming their professional credibility as â€˜wantingâ€™.
â€œA lot of errors occurred in the field but the referees were not doing their jobs. Very many fouls were committed by KU players but all these were ignored,â€ Laments Jalango.
However, Jalango has warned his opponents to expect a different game vowing they will bounce back and win.
â€œWe must put what has happened behind us and I dare say that we deserve better than what we got at City Park,â€ says Jalango.
â€œEven though we lost, I still believe that we deserve more from the weekend fixture. We played better, created more chances and it left us bitter that we could not have done better than this,â€ observes Jalango.
Jalango also challenged the hockey management to get qualified referees who will do their work without fear or favor if all teams are to be treated fairly in the pitch.
Meanwhile, MMU hockey boys who floored Thika Rovers last weekend but one 3-0 will take on Kenya Polytechnic this weekend with a winning mentality to continue being at the top of the league table.
They boys, who are now leading with clear nine points, will be keen to bring back home the three points which will see them still going unbeaten with 12 points.
Story by Nicanor Ndiege
By Nicanor Ndiege
Multimedia University basketball boy thrashed the stubborn Friends of Basketball 48-22 over the weekend to keep their dream for the title on course.
It was all system go as MMU boys put up impenetrable stopper to contain the FoB firing squad that was there to seize any single opportunity from the boys to get the baskets.
Ray Nyatome and Allan Wataro both the play makers of the team had a double digits a move that saw FoB being thwarted out.
However the ladies basketball team failed to register a win and lost to Strathmore University 33-11 despite putting up a spirited fight.
The MMU basketball coach Graffin Ligare lauded his team especially the boys for the good performance adding that the win was a big boost to the team.
â€œThe boys played well and that is commendable, they only need to continue with that winning mentality for us to reach the play-offs.
He noted that they had identified their mistakes where both the boys and girls will need to train on sharpening their finishing methods.
Ligari says that also to be work on is the use of non offensive pattern in both boys and girls adding that the girls made so many mistakes in offensive, turning the ball overall a move that gave their opponents easy baskets.
The boys who have won four matches out of six in the ongoing Nairobi Basketball Association League are set to maintain their winning spirit when they meet JKUAT men on 27th this month.
Ladies will also be looking forward to revive themselves when they take on JKUAT ladies on the same date.
By Nicanor Ndiege.
After qualifying for nationwide league by beating 18 teams including the â€˜Black Bladâ€™ of Kenyatta University, Multimedia University rugby team â€œThe Hawksâ€™ had a labored start to the Franchise cup â€˜The Chairmanâ€™s Cupâ€™ when they lost to Nakuru 96-0 last weekend.
However, â€˜The Hawksâ€™ are rolling their sleeves up as they seek to claw their way back in the tournament next weekend when they will take on Nondies after the axing by Nakuru.
Rugby captain Remming Washialu is however confident that they will rise up to the occasion against the Nondies and prove their worth.
â€œEven though we are in this league especially to gain experience, weâ€™ve go to be stronger, more stable so as to prove that we did not qualifying for national league with just a sheer luck,â€ notes Remmington.
Meanwhile, MMU football team are laying down strategies that see then register a win next weekend after being slummed by JK Safaris 3-1 and Bull bull 2-0 on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The team which is having one point after playing five games in the Football Kenya Federation Kajiado branch league has found themselves in unfamiliar territory but is confident that all is not lost.
The MMU football coach Elly Adero notes that it has not been easy adding that in their first match against Kiseria FC, they arrived late in the pitch a move that saw their opponents being given a work over match.
He however reiterated that they need to focus on the remaining games a move on adding that they canâ€™t afford another slip-up after those series of disappointments.
â€œIts time we knuckle down, do our job and focus in winning the remaining games. We really have to push ourselves regardless of the situation we are in,â€ says Adero.
All eyes are now set on the rugby and football teams as the weekend approaches and everyone is waiting with baited breath see the two teams walk their talk as the demand to perform cannot be gainsaid.
By Nicanor Ndiege
After ruthlessly demolishing the struggling Thika Rovers 3-1 last weekend, Multimedia University hockey boys are set to prove that they are among the 2012 national league title challengers when they face Kenya Polytechnic next weekend but one.
The hockey boys are now on the top of the league with nine points and are ready to prove that the stellar display was not a one off.
â€œWe are set for more wins. The morale is very high among the players and there is no room for complacencyâ€ said the hockey captain Adoiwa Kelly.
Kelly says that just like their ladies counter parts that brought the trophy home when they emerged third best in the world women day tournament, their eyes are set on the big prize and there is no turning back.
They play makers and scores who propelled the team against Thika Rovers are Jared Kongini who gave the team their first win, Shamil Saul second before Jeff Asira had the last laugh to seal off the game.
The MMU hockey team coach George Jalango noted that they have had a very encouraging debut in the league and that the zeal and zest in which the players are performing in is a clear signal that good fortunes in the pipeline.
â€œWe have to maintain and carry on with the winning mentality. Every match is important to us and our strategy is not to drop any point,â€ asserts Jalango.
However, the ladies hockey team is set to face a stern test when they will kick off their league this weekend by taking on their arch-rivals Kenyatta University.
â€œI think the overall goal for all the teams in all matches are to start the league on a winning note and weâ€™ve been training hard for the last one and a half month and we are ready to start our campaign seeking to bring the trophy home,â€ Says Lydia Syphrose the ladies captain.
Jalango even though noting that the battle will be tough, express optimism and confidence that they intent to do well on their first appearance in the national league.
Several Sports and Games are offered at the Multimedia University of Kenya. These Sports and Games are categorized as Indoors and Outdoors. Available indoor activities include Table tennis, Scrabble, Chess, Pool, Badminton and Darts, just to mention a few. Outdoors sports include track or field athletics, football, rugby, basketball, hockey, handball, volleyball, netball, softball and others. The teams participate in various National leagues, University leagues, Universities games and sports days. The University has an excellent team responsible for coaching, managing and supervising and administering sport activities in the university.
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It was however not easy for the Rugby team who lost to Black Blood of KU who won 25 to 5 and the Impala floodlight on Sunday.
The college ball games have just begun and MMU is not left behind as they are intensively practicing for the tournaments. This weekend is going to be a very busy one as the Rugby, soccer, hockey and basketball teams prepares to compete in different part of Nairobi.
The Rugby team will face it out with Black Blood of KU on Saturday 9th at Impala at 4.30 pm, hockey team will be at City park to face National Youth Service on Sunday 10th at 12.00pm while soccer team will face VETO FC at MMU stadium on Saturday 16th.