There are two facts about Nyati. The first one undoubtedly common knowledge; it’s one of Africa’s big five. I bet the second fact comes as a new discovery to many; Nyati is indeed the fiercest and most resilient mammal on the savannah. With the Kenya American Football League taking shape, UoN’s Nyati team sought to bear down on the latter fact.
Coming from a humiliating 30-2 loss to the Grand Warriors, the resilient Nyati team proved untamable to a confident Umoja Chiefs side, which at this point of the league was considered the team to beat. Starting on offense, Nyati effortlessly punctured Umoja’s defense with predominantly run plays, gaining over 65 yards in just 5 plays to get to the Chief’s red zone in their first drive.
Despite leading in possession, creating turnovers, and containing most plays within Umoja’s territory, someway, somehow, the scoreboard seemed to work against a domineering Nyati side for a better part of the first half. Umoja capitalized on missed tackles by Nyati’s defense to go ahead first, thanks to a power run touchdown from quarterback George, and a 2-point run play conversion by Zachary Matiang’i. A charged Nyati, however, responded with a downfield touchdown pass to Fredrick Owuor, and a 2-point pass play conversion by Teddy Kinyua, to level the scores just before the half time whistle.
Coming into the second half, you could tell that Nyati had iron out their undoing in the early half. On the other hand, Umoja was still struggling to fathom Nyati’s adept offense and defense and they paid dearly for taking too long. Spearheaded by quarterback Edwin Osuma, and with key plays from Teddy Kinyua, Francis Obunde and Nobert Juma, Nyati scored three unanswered touchdowns to put the game out of reach for the Chiefs.
A late tackle by Nobert Juma on Umoja’s quarterback George late in the fourth quarter, amounting to unsportsmanlike-conduct and a 15-yard penalty, put the chief’s in position for their second touchdown of the game; thanks to a power run by ‘Matiang’i’ who went ahead to also run the 2-point conversion. This, however, did little to warrant the Chief’s a comeback, and they had to contend with a 28-16 loss to the stronger Nyati side.
Next, Nyati faces its bitter rival Jkuat Sparrows which was earlier overpowered by Umoja Chiefs. Will Nyati maintain its rejuvenated form or will it be tamed by Sparrows? Stay tuned to find out how the show goes down on 22nd July, 2017, 1.00pm at the University of Nairobi Grounds.