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Katukatus lose friendly against Kurukuru

All the excitement in the match came from the Kurukuru side who turned on the magic after the first 10 minutes to control the whole of the remainder of the game.
The Katukatus almost broke through in the 4th minute when a long pass found forward John Bitiai in front but the Kurukuru defenders were able to pressure him towards an angle too narrow for him to get a good shot in.
Almost immediately Kurukuru missed a well set up opportunity on the other end when defender George Ladoga stepped in to block a shot from Dickson Ramo after he had already beaten goalkeeper Jerry Misimake.
Ramo made amends for his mistake just minutes later with a breakthrough that saw him score from inside the 6 yard box and even the U-17 players protested that he had handled the ball but no mercy came from referee, Victor Waiia.
Lenson Bisili found another breakthrough in the 30th minute scoring from a cross to make it 2 – 0 after the Katukatu defenders hesitated thinking that the ball had already gone out for a goal kick.
Kurukuru continued to dominate the game with their superior speed and skills denying their opponents from getting any control in the midfield area.
The Katukatus were a little more composed in the second half and they managed to control play for the first few minutes before Kurukuru once more turned on the thrusters and took over from them.
While Kurukuru dominated the second half like they did the first half they only managed to get 1 goal, thus, finishing the game 3 goals short of the 6-nil target they set for themselves before the match.
Their third goal came from Stanley Puirana who cleverly sent back in a clearance from the Katukatu defenders to beat Misimake for the third time in the match.
Katukatu’s head coach Christopher Asipara was not disappointed about the loss but said that his players could have lost with a slimmer score line.
“The Kurukurus are a highly skilled and disciplined unit so I am not too concerned that we lost to them today. However, I feel that my boys could have narrowed the score line had they performed at their best level,” Asipara said.
Asipara thanked Kurukuru for accepting their invitation to the friendly match adding that his players have benefited from the challenge offered by the Futsal champions.
“The kind of speed at which Kurukuru played will help my players understand how to play under pressure. This was a good test for my team,” Asipara said.
The Katukatus will play several more friendly matches before heading to New Zealand on January 6.

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