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Nairobi News : November 27th 2013
sport PROFILE: IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY Frank Wanangwe • He is the elder of the two brothers and works for an IT firm in Nairobi. Franks holds a degree in Information Technology from Strathmore University. Apart from hockey, he also enjoys watching football and is an Arsenal fan. He a chicken and dancing • Age: 26 • Club: Kisumu Sim • Position: Attacki • Honours: Men’s League title – Strat 2009- 2010 National secondary schools hockey title - Kamusinga. My brother? Bring on the challenge ! ed siblings. Brothers Frank and Davis Wanangwe play for rival teams in the local Premier League. They are key players and each has a huge appetite to stay at the top A, NairobiNews gz .nationmedia.com W hen the national men’s hockey team won bronze at the recently- luded Africa Cup of Nations airobi two brothers played r part. was interesting for hockey rs to watch Davis and Frank angwe playing together te being members of rival The brothers have locked in the National league as lays for defending champiobi Simba and Frank turns sumu Simba. Their first battle this season took place on September 1 at the City Park Stadium, Nairobi where Davis’ Nairobi Simba claimed honours with a 2-1 win over Kisumu Simba. Ironically, both brothers were on target but Davis had the last word as he scored the winning goal. Pacy midfielder When both Simba clubs met at the pre-season Super Eight Tournament at City Park and Nairobi reigned supreme over Kisumu in the semi-final, winning 2-0 but it was more interesting to watch Frank, an attacking midfielder denying his younger brother who’s gifted with pace and power upfront the rare opportunities that came his way. The brothers who lit up the league last season, once played for the same team - Strathmore University Gladiators before going separate ways. When Davis left Strathmore Gladi- ators last year to join Nairobi Simba, many fans wondered if his elder brother would join him at the Lions’ den. The move would have elevated the status of the local league but that was until Kisumu Simba made the “signing of the year” when Frank joined them this year. The brothers have almost identical introduction to and familiarisation of the game, dating back to early primary school years at Friends School Kamusinga in Bungoma County. Davis and Frank have, on several occasions, made it a family affair to spur their teams to victory stretching back to high school. They guided Kamusinga to the schools’ national title in 2004 and 2005. Kisumu Simba’s Frank Wanangwe Chris Omollo, NairobiNews Frank:There is a competitive nature in us because we want to win the title. Despite being in opposing teams we are friends” Wednesday, Nov 27 - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 29 Davis Wanangwe (left) and South Africa’s Drummond Timothy vie for the ball during an Africa Cup of Nations tie in Nairobi last week. Martin Mukangu, NairobiNews After Frank joined Strathmore in 2006, Davis helped Kamusinga to lift the national title in 2006 and 2007. “We have never experienced serious sibling rivalry. Frank is a good counsellor and advisor,” Davis reveals. The brothers scored the two goals that sank Kenya Police 2-1 to hand Strathmore its maiden title in the men’s Premier League in 2009 before playing a crucial role in the team’s successful title defence in 2010 after beating Police on a better goal aggregate. But Police claimed revenge during the 2011 season, arresting Strathmore Davis Wanangwe • Davis is a student at the University of Nairobi and is studying Civil Engineering. He enjoys reading inspiration books, unlike his brother Frank, he supports Manchester United team in the English Premier League. • Age: 24 • Club: Nairobi Simba • Position: Forward • Honours: Men’s Premeir League title – Strathmore – 2009, 2010 Nairobi Simba, 2012 . National secondary schools’ hockey title - Kamusinga, 2004,2005,2006,2007 Voted MVP at Africa Club Championship In Lusaka 2011 also on a better goal difference. Davis attended Bungoma DEB Pri- mary School from 1999 to 2003 before joining Kamusinga in 2004 to 2007. While in standard eight in 2003, Davis dumped football for hockey. It took few training sessions before he was drafted to the school team for the nationals upon joining Friends School Kamusinga in 2004. The Wanangwes hail from a family of five boys that seem to have been bitten by the hockey bug. Their younger brother, Grant, played for Lenana High School until last year when he sat for his Kenya Certficate of Secondary Education examinations. Impact felt Stephen, 11, and Jerry, who is in standard three, seem likely to follow in their brothers’ footsteps. After Davis and Frank joined Strath- more University, their impact was felt immediately. They represented the university at various local and international competitions. The highlight was in 2011 when the two led Strathmore to second place at the Africa Cup Club Championships in Lusaka, Zambia. Davis was voted the best player at the tournament after beating more fancied names. Frank played for Stramothmore University for seven years before heading to Kisumu Simba. “There’s a competitive nature in us because we want to win the title. Despite being in opposing teams, we’re friends and always look out for each other on and off the pitch,” Frank said.
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