Nzoia Sugar FC’s quest to stay afloat in the FKF Premier League was handed another shot in the arm courtesy of Kevin Wafula Simiyu and Hillary Simiyu’s first half goals that saw Ibrahim Shikanda’s boys reign supreme over Wazito FC at the Sudi Stadium, a contest staged from 3 pm.
Kevin Kimani’s spot kick in the second half only proved to be a consolation for the visiting Wazito side.
Hillary Simiyu wasted no time sending the hosts 1-0 up on 3 minutes, their first fixture at Sudi Stadium since their 2-1 loss to Vihiga United on 15th June.
Wazito attempted to cancel out Simiyu’s opener but Humphrey Katasi in goal for the hosts was a major stumbling block. In the 12th minute, he calmly collected Musa Masika’s effort. Kevin Simiyu, another new recruit from tier 3 side Bungoma Superstars, made it 2-0 on 18 minutes. Nzoia’s chances were productive, the same could not be said about the visitors who blew chance after chance.
A two goal first half lead, at least for the hosts, called for more physical approach before the break and Felicien Okanda going into the referee’s book at the hour mark after thwarting a counter attack came as no surprise.
A minute later, a penalty was caused by Moses Mwale who would thank the heavens after Kevin Kimani skied his 12-yard spot kick. Katasi in goal for Nzoia, didn’t even have to move. Wazito had wasted their closest chance.
Nzoia led 2-0 at the break.
As the second half resumed, Nzoia had brought in Titus Kapchanga for John Mwangi while Wazito had made two; Johnstone Omurwa and Vincent Oburu had come on for Rooney Otieno and Boniface Omondi.
Mwale would again concede another penalty at the hour mark, and Kimani sought to redeem himself from the spot. This he did, effectively bringing the visitors into the game with 25 minutes of play left.
Newly introduced Oburu drove to the target a 75th minute shot but Humphrey Katasi dealt with this quite comfortably. The Nzoia goalkeeper would however, be booked for time wasting with 10 minutes of play still left.
In the four minutes of added time at the Sudi Stadium, it was still Nzoia with the chances, Hillary Simiyu on the end of a swift one-two change by Masha Gaetan and Kapchanga but his final effort came out tame.
Nzoia won 2-1 by the final whistle to put a clean five points between them and relegation-threatened Mathare United who are on position 15 on the log.