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Nightmare start for Wazito

By Barry Silah
Monday, November 30th, 2020
Henry Otango of KCB (above) fights for the ball with Hamisi Salim of Posta Rangers during their KPL match played yesterday at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi. PD/ Photo/RODGERS NDEGWA
In summary

Francis Kimanzi’s start as head coach of Wazito could not have started any worse after a 4-0 thrashing yesterday by Kariobangi Sharks at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, as the Football Kenya Federation Premier League season resumed.

 It was a gritty affair especially in the middle of the park in what was an uneven pitch.

Right back Daniel Sakari opened the scoring through a screamer in the 35th minute past an overstretched Fredrick Odhiambo for the sensational opener. 

 The physical contest saw the ineffective Whyvonne Isuza booked for a high boot challenge in the 26th minute in what was a below par performance for Wazito.

Ronald Omino who had few glimpses of touches was largely out marked and had to leave the pitch in the 42nd minute for veteran Kevin Kimani as Francis Kimanzi gave the all clear for much creativity in the opposing box.

Two minutes later, Wazito left back Dennis Nganga was in the end of a perfectly weighted free kick only for the ball to be cleared nicely by Sharks custodian Brian Bwire

 The second half saw Wazito come back a bit stronger and six minutes into play, new signings Whyvonne Isuza and Kennedy Owino got substituted as the game became even more engaged in the midfield area.

However Sharks were on cruise control thwarting out all dangers especially by the central defence pairing of Geoffrey Lemu and Sudanese import Kuol Chol.

 In the 60th minute, Sharks captain Eric Kapaito scored a beautiful second after rounding the defence of Wazito and seven minutes later, he was in hand to get his second goal through a lob after a neat build up from the midfield after being set up by Patrick Otieno.

 With Wazito crumbling, second half substitute Julius Masaba hit the fourth from a close range to complete Fredrick Odero’s nightmare.

“This is a result that was obtained because of hardwork and you know to get three points is a plus no matter the situation,” said Sharks coach William Muluya who praised the effect of his captain Kapaito in the match.

 Meanwhile, in an earlier match, KCB got off to a good stat with a 3-0 demolition of Posta Rangers at the same venue.

 In Kisumu, newcomers Bidco United battled to a goalless draw with hosts Western Stima in a fairly close encounter at Moi Stadium.

Over in Narok, another premiership newcomer Nairobi City Stars humbled Nzoia United 2-0 .

 On Saturday, former champions AFC Leopards saw off Tusker FC 2-1 at Kasarani Stadium with goals from Elvis Rupia and captain Robinson Kamura.

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