The Ngong Warriors are adapting the philosophy of getting into the space with minimal collision. This philosophy goes to creating the space as well (encouraging hip reading as well as quicker contact to get the job done faster and efficiently).With this approach we envision a strong and intelligent player who based on his or her positional role adapts to this. We encompass an all-round player lethal on attack and defense and able to read the game based on the game-play situation as well as be a better decision maker by taking the best alternative In front of him.
Our pool of players has grown with the injection of players from the junior age grade as well as high school leavers. This brings a nice pool to bring into and expose to our philosophy and create the decision making abilities and identify their strengths and aid them make positional attempts based on them. We also have our seniors intact and now we need to choose both an expansive and contractive style of play. This means adopting the 2_4_2 in expansive play and 1_3_3_1 for contracting play. This dynamism will allow for creativity based on the game intelligence and aids the coach adapt to the game conditions. This will see positional awareness creation as well as how to quickly adapt back to a system based on the set piece available. It will require learning by the players of the positional awareness and roles.
Resource wise we are a growing club and we do not have technical resources such as access to a scrum machines or equipment to aid in certain skills but we will innovate from what we have available to us. On the financial front we are yet to get a sponsor but we as management are hopeful of one and are working to try and get a main sponsor and other partnerships with various brands. We also are getting contribution from players and fans and we are in the process of having a financial database in order to ensure smooth transition to direct transfers to our bank accounts for senior contribution as well as timely and projected banking for the juniors who may not find direct transactions convenient. We are also to consolidate this so as to easily project our monthly targets and contributions and communication of the same to the team. It will aid in the ease of transparency and the dissemination of information
Our expectations is to create a formidable squad that could easily transition to both the national stage and international stage. We are banking on creating skills and bettering decision-making to create a player that can last longer in the game and adapt to any style of play that may be deemed fit to get the desired results. We expect a solid gameplay that will see, once stable, Ngong Warriors have a gameplay to easily compete at the top league (Kenya Cup) and a stability on the team and an age grade system for both boys and girls that would be an easy feeder to our age grade system national teams
The host led by 3 points in the first ten minutes before the Warriors responded with unconverted try. It would not take long before the Pirates responded with a try and adding another one.
The game would get tougher for the Warriors with temperatures of above 32. The game was very intese and physical but the Warriors kept pushing.
In the 30th Minute, the Warriors walked out of the pitch citing numerious reffing errors. This caused a stalement and the team would recollect themselves for the spirit of the game.
This sportmans spirit would see them have a converted try to make the scoreboard 23-12.
A leason learnt though, the team had to use all possible mechanisim to come back to the game but could not have any. The introduction of Fred Maina and Elly Ojwang would change the game but nothing on the scoreboard
The Warriors travel to Eldoret on 3rd to play Moi University
USIU Martials once again upset Ngong Warriors in the 6th Championship fixture.
The Warriors had lead throughout the match, In the last ten minutes, the host team kept mounting pressure and eventually got rewarded.
The try, which aroused a lot of controversy made the score 8-5.
The visitors could only blame poor officiating being caused by the current difference between KRU and the Kenya Rugby Referee Union.
Ngong Warriors moved fourth in the KRU championship standing with 10 points. This is after winning over Coast Pirates with a 14-5 win.
Veteran Ruben Simba, opened the score sheet before Denis Momanyi converted.
It would not take long before Victor Wachira added another try with Denis not wasting any given chance.
The warriors kept piling pressure on the Pirates throughout the first half visiting their 5 numerous times unsuccessfully.
The second half would see the visitors have an overlap to make unconverted try. It would remain 14-5 to the end despite the Warriors breaking the visitors defense thrice.
The Pirates will be hosting Warriors on the 17th Feb.
The second week of the Kenya Championship pitches the Catholic Monks and Ngong Warriors. This is seen by many as a family affair.
A number of Ngong Warriors have played for the Monks. Three of the players; Reuben Simba, Elly Ojwang and William Odhiambo were the core part of the team which took the Monks to the Kenya Cup.
The three, Kissinger and Duqe Monda have a very cordial relationship with the Monks. Other players have also a brotherly relation with most Monks players.
Both teams lost their opening matches with the Monks losing to Mean Machine 34-0 while The Warriors lost to USIU 20-13.
The encounter will set the stage as the teams secure an early safety to avoid relegation. The Warriors are 6th with one point while the Monks trail the table.
Ngong Rugby lost its first KRU Championship match to USIU on Saturday. This leaves Ngong Warriors at 6th position with 2 points having lost 20-13 thus earning the bonus points.
The visitors were the first to touch down with a successful conversion before the Warriors responded with a Penalty Kick.
It did not take long before the visitors responded with a Penalty Kick. This was to remain until the second half when the Warriors once again roared with a converted try from William Odhiambo.
William has just returned to his Childhood club from Catholic Monks whom the Warriors meet over the weekend.
Although the warriors lost, the overall performance was applauded. Critics expected a whitewash by USIU who have vast experienced players as well experience in the Championship.
Wanyama, who doubles as both a winger and a fullback will be holding any of the back three. He is however focused to be the fullback due to his defending skills and speed when attacking.
Gabriel will be posed to play as the Fly Half but also plays Centre. His vast experience and skills will help the team mostly in the hard moments. Having played as a Fullback last season, he comes in to fill the gap left by Victor Wachira ‘Vick’ who seems to be retiring. Brian Tipape is also plays the same position.
Denis Momanyi holds no 9 and has been very instrumental in the past season. Notwithstanding his small body, Momanyi has always fulfilled his role whenever necessary. Duke Monda joins the centers and also plays as a Winger.
Brian Adira, Joel Omondi, George Njoroge (Zeus) Brian Nyikuli play in the wings. There is a new signing to the backs too with Typhoon joining.
Ngong who are among the three teams that climbed up from the Nationwide after emerging Nairobi Region winners and narrowly losing to Menengai Oilers in the Nationwide Semifinal and finally edging Thika RFC in the play offs.
Ngong joins Menengai Oilers and Egerton as the new kids in the Championship League who were Nationwide winners and runners up respectively and both from Rift Valley Region.
The championship is expected to be a hot contest and a game level a bit higher with the likes of Western Bulls, CUEA Monks and Machine to offer a huge battle for the Championship debutant teams.
Ngong will be using its strength in the Forwards with the likes of Reuben Simba, Jamleck Muriuki and Wafula as the props. Captain Endro Otieno leads Stanley Kissinger on the Flanks as the experienced Hooker Martin Kariuki and Fred,
The second row has Isaac Nganga and Daniel Githaiga while Paul Agina closes as the eighth man. Elly Ojwang is expected to join the flankers in the Company of other forwards like Kevin Anyazwa, Tom Murayi, Fabian Wambua and the new Kid Rodney.
Captain Endro Otieno is at blindside flank as Ngong prepare for the biggest game of their lives – against Menengai Oilers in the Nationwide semis at the Kibiko Secondary School on Saturday 6 May starting 4 pm.
Otieno will be joined by Kissinger Karin at flank and Paul Agina at number 8 to complete the back row for Ngong.
Jamleck Muriuki, Martin Kariuki and Reuben Simba are at front row as Daniel Githanga and Isaac Ng’anga at lock complete the tight five listing.
Brian Tipape and Victor Wachira are the half back pairing for the day while Joel Omondi and Brian Adira man the wings. Centres Elly Monday and vice skipper Duke Monday complete the three quarters.
A strong bench is in place that includes the returning Henry Masinde and Dennis Momanyi.
The winner of the upcoming tie will book a place in the second tier Championship next season as well as a place in the Nationwide final next weekend.
To book a semis berth, Ngong took down Central champions Embu RFC 24-7 in the quarters last Saturday as Oilers beat Maseno Nomads 20-3.
Ngong Warriors for 6 May 2017: 1.Jamleck Muriuki 2.Martin Kariuki 3.Rueben Simba 4.Daniel Githanga 5.Isaac Nga’nga 6.Endro Otieno (C) 7.Kissinger Karun 8. Paul Agina 9.Brian Tipape 10.Victor Wachira 11.Joel Omondi 12.Elly Omondi 13.Duke Monda (Vc) 14.Brian Adira 15.Eunyusat Obulo
16.Nesta Kinyanjui 17. Henry Masinde 18. Tom.Murayi 19. Fabian Wambua 20. Kelvin Anyazwa 21.Dennis Momanyi 22. George Njoroge 23. Charles Odhiambo