Roll Ball World Cup opening win a special show – Coach

Kenya men's team players strategize against Uganda during the 3rd East African Roll ball championship ...
Kenya men's team players strategize against Uganda during the 3rd East African Roll ball championship at the Safaricom Kasarani Indoor Arena on May 08, 2016. Kenya team beat Uganda 5-3 in the finals. Photo/Stafford Ondego/

The national men’s Roll Ball team Head Coach Jared Onyango hailed his squad’s collectiveness on the offense as the Kenyans defeated Senegal 4-0 in their World Cup opener in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Friday.

Kenya’s late arrival to the tournament as a result of an airport glitch meant they had to play just hours after setting foot at the South Asian state but their thirst for a dream start was on full display against a resilient Senegalese opposition.

Two first half strikes from Atenya Moses and George Mburu capped an excellent first half performance for the Kenyans – currently ranked fourth globally – before Allan Amuma and Albert Omware completed the rout after the restart.

“The game was too fast. The Senegal team was very aggressive and extremely confident from the onset but due to the training we had prior to the tournament we managed to hold back their charge,” Onyango told Citizen Digital.

Onyango labeled the win special as his side overcame ‘pre-tournament tensions’ to register a positive start to their championship campaign.

“Amid all the uncertainties we faced at home and the fact we played the same day we arrived means the boys put a lot into their win. We haven’t even settled down well but that did not reflect on the game,” he added.

They play Denmark in their second Group F match on Sunday before playing tackling England, Philippines and Sri Lanka at the Mirpur Indoor Stadium on Monday.

Titleholders, the national women’s team, start their Cup defense later on Saturday against Thailand at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

They face Indonesia on Sunday and England later on Monday.

Women’s Head Coach Jacob Nyaundoh will be hoping the ‘favourites’ tag does not break his side’s backs amid the poor preparations that rocked their stay in camp at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium.

-Report by Mwangi Githinji.

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