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Rude welcome for Kimanzi as Sharks bite Wazito

Last updated 3 months ago | By Rodgers Eshitemi and Washington Onyango

Kuol Chol (L) of Kariobangi Sharks FC contest for ball with Ronald Omino of Wazito FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on November 29, 2020. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

 

Eric Kapaito scores a brace as Kariobangi boys coast to victory as Otanga inspires KCB to convincing win over Posta Rangers.

Former player of the year and golden boot winner Eric Kapaito became the first player to score a brace and provide an assist this season as Kariobangi Sharks made light work of Wazito by thrashing them 4-0 in the opening round of yesterday’s FKF-Premier League match at Kasarani Stadium.

The wet and soggy pitch following heavy rains that pounded the city yesterday morning could not stop William Muluya’s men from giving former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi a rude welcome on his return to the dugout in the domestic league.

In an earlier match at the same venue, Derrick Otanga made a dream debut by scoring a goal and provided two assists to inspire KCB to a 3-0 victory over Posta Rangers.

Newcomers Nairobi City Stars strolled past Nzoia Sugar 2-0 in Narok as Western Stima were forced to a barren draw by visiting Bidco United in Kisumu.

Back to Kasarani, Kariobangi Sharks made Wazito look so ordinary with an easy win.

Daniel Sakari opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a powerful effort before Eric Kapaito doubled the lead in the 62nd minute. Kapaito made it 3-0 in the 78th minute when he looped the ball over Wazito goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo before he set up Julius Masaba for Sharks’ fourth goal in the injury time.

This is not the type of performance Francis Kimanzi expected on his debut as Wazito coach.

Wazito’s defeat came barely 30 minutes after their former striker Derrick Otanga had propelled KCB to a convincing 3-0 win against Posta Rangers.

Otanga broke the deadlock in the 19th minute before setting up Henry Onyango and substitute Enock Agwanda in the 70th and 87th minutes respectively.

Simon Munala could have given the bankers the lead in the 12th minute but his effort went wide

Otanga then capitalized on the mailmen’s defensive error to open his goal account at KCB when he sent a powerful shot past goalkeeper Jairus Adira.

Gearson Likono had a chance to draw level for Rangers in the 27th minute but his free kick was blocked by KCB’s defensive wall before Bethuel Warambo’s header went wider.

Moments later, Adira pulled off a fine save to deny Munala before Otanga miscued his effort after an incisive pass from David Owino.

Munala almost doubled the lead for Zedekiah Otieno’s boys six minutes into the second half but indecision cost the former AFC Leopards winger.

Onyango then latched on Otanga’s pass to make it two nil midway through the second half before the former Wazito man flicked the ball into the path of Agwanda and his former Sony Sugar captain made no mistake to seal the impressive win for the bankers.

In Narok, Nairobi City Stars made a perfect start to the season on their return to the Premier League after beating Nzoia Sugar 2-0.

It only took 16 minutes for captain Anthony Kimani to put the Kawangware-based side ahead before Oliver Maloba doubled the lead two minutes later.

Kimani received the ball from David Agesa dribbled past his marker before unleashing a powerful shot past the keeper. Two minutes later, Agesa pounced on a loose ball before releasing Maloba through into the box to beat the keeper.

City Stars beat Nzoia Sugar on their return to FKF Premier League

Sharks take down Wazito, KCB beat Posta

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