Gabriel Wandera’s brace on Sunday over Zoo FC ensured the sugar millers recored their second win in five matches in the BetKing Premier League, a feat that raises them into the top half of the league table’s form book.
Wandera, also captaining the side for a better part of this season through Ibrahim Shikanda’s rotational technique, opened the scoring proceedings on ten minutes, but this- Zoo would even out with a penalty of their own. The lanky centre-back came back for his brace in the second half to seal the win. And he feels good about it.
”It is important to win at home and that’s what we try to do whenever we go out at Sudi. Being responsible for the win is another thing, a good feeling about it but the season does not end here,” a modest Wandera says.
The victory over Zoo takes Nzoia to tenth place on the log, and in one of the toughest BetKing Premier League seasons yet, hope to at least stay there or soar upwards- amid the clamouring pack behind its back all eager to overtake.
Nairobi City Stars and Posta Rangers are just one point away whereas Vihiga stay a close two points. It’s a tight chase even at the bottom half of the table standings, Wandera is aware.
”People always concentrate on the teams at the top of the table forgetting that below that, there are others also keen on surpassing one another. I’d say currently, it is so close. You lose one match you go down maybe four drops below. You win, you climb by the same margin. It’s a real competition here,” Wandera says.
Sunday’s victory was only Nzoia’s second of the season, and the sugar millers- doing their sixth season in the top flight after re-admission into the league, have always thrived in the battle at the middle of the table. Perhaps Wandera already knows this having played at Sudi before his short stint with Tusker one year ago.
Nzoia travel to Mathare United next.