Nairobi City Stars finally got the better of Wazito who they failed to beat in both matches last season as they won 3-1 at the Thika Municipal Stadium in Thursday’s Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) match.
City Stars made one change from the team that started their last game against Kenya Police with new signing Lennox Ogutu coming in for Salim Abdalla while Wazito made four changes from the team that started against Kakamega Homeboyz.
All four goals came in the final fifteen minutes of the game to cap off what was an entertaining match.
The win was the second in a row for City Stars after a disappointing opening day loss while Wazito’s slow start continues as they have only picked up a point in three games which was against newly promoted Talanta.
City Stars started brightly and nearly went ahead after Timothy Otieno beat Levin Odhiambo on the right flank, setting up Anthony Kimani in the area who’s well taken effort was saved by Wazito keeper Bixente Otieno.
The keeper would be called into action shortly before the half hour mark with Kimani now setting up Timothy but he failed to score from close range.
Wazito who by then were hanging by a thread nearly got the lead minutes before halftime after James Kinyanjui made a good run on the left and set up Cliff Nyakeya in the area but his well taken shot hit the bar.
Neither side were creating clear chances in the beginning of the second half but Wazito changed that after an interchange involving Kinyanjui, Rooney Onyango and Levin saw the latter’s headed effort narrowly go wide.
Amos Asembeka then had a superb long-range effort heading to the corner but Stars goalkeeper Osano pulled a fantastic save to keep the score level.
The game sprung to life in the seventy sixth minute with City Stars taking the lead after Kennedy Onyango headed home from close range and they doubled their lead barely a minute later after the evergreen Otieno tapped in the second of the day to extend his side’s lead.
It is often said that teams are most vulnerable after scoring a goal and that seemed to follow the script here as Wazito from the subsequent restart halve the deficit from substitute Micheal Owino’s mid-range effort.
That set up a frantic last ten minutes but it is City Stars who added another after good work from Eric Ombinja who chipped Bixente and Kevin Okumu was at the right place to slot their third and consign Wazito to their second loss of the season.