As Western Bulls returned to Kenya Cup for the second stint in the 2019/20 season, Derrick Ashihundu was among their stand out players.
The former Kakamega High School centre was magnificent as he ran 11 tries in 16 matches of the campaign. The centre inspired Western Bulls to their first victory of the season, scoring a second-half hat-trick that saw his side silence Kenya Harlequins 21-19 in their backyard on the third day of the round of the season.
Ashihundu also grabbed a brace as Echulusi shocked Mwamba in Kakamega. He says scoring is what he enjoys most as a player and credits speed and having a good playmaker Isaac Wafula for the scoring run.
“I Just like scoring tries than anything else while on the pitch. Being quick and flexible helps me to beat the defence. Then having an experienced fly-half -Isaac Wafula who knows my capabilities, he created the chances most of the time and lets me finish the rest,” Ashihundu told Scrummage.
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In 2020, his side struggled in the campaign and this saw them fail to register a single win in the final part of the season. He admits that during this period, the tougher opponents kept them backfoot and all they could do was to react quickly in case of mistakes to get on the scoresheet.
“At some point, we faced stronger opponents who would possess the ball most of the time, this forced us to defend more, we would then pressure them to make mistakes then this was the perfect time to capitalize on them by scoring quick tries,” he revealed.
Having been spectacular in both versions of the game at club level, the man who can hop between centre and wing is hoping that his dream to feature for the Simbas or Kenya 7s will come true.
“God’s grace has been sufficient, I have always dreamt of playing for the national team in both 7s and 15s. This always pushes me to work harder. I’m optimistic one day I will,” he added.
With the training session and sporting activities banned, the back is keeping fit by having morning and evening runs as well as loading sessions for in preparations for resumption.
“Though COVID 19 has got the best of what had been happening, fitness is still a prime concern
Being fit, healthy and keeping your body in shape is an advantage to any athlete. With a few friends and I do the morning and evening runs daily. We also do strength and conditioning sessions that involve loading, sprinting and a bit of ball work just to make sure we are on track, ” he concluded.