Wazito go top after edging City Stars thriller
- Wazito FC versus Nairobi City Stars served up a goal-fest as the former twice came from behind to claim an scintillating 3-2 victory at Nairobi's Camp Toyoyo Grounds on Wednesday
- Abdurahim Mango got the five-goal party started with lobbed effort over Wazito goalkeeper Stephen Njunge before Wilson Anekeya whipped home the equalizer from a free-kick at the stroke of half-time
Wazito FC versus Nairobi City Stars served up a goal-fest as the former twice came from behind to claim an scintillating 3-2 victory at Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo Grounds on Wednesday.
Abdurahim Mango got the five-goal party started with lobbed effort over Wazito goalkeeper Stephen Njunge before Wilson Anekeya whipped home the equalizer from a free-kick at the stroke of half-time.
Stars were back in front two minutes after the restart as Robert Ndungu beat Njunge with a headed finish but Wazito roared back emphatically with Joe Waithira’s brace settling the tie.
The match saw veteran defender Lloyd Wahome make his Wazito debut after he joined the National Super League (NSL) side from Tusker FC.
The victory lifted Wazito into the summit of the NSL standings, at least temporarily, on 44 points after 20 matches but Ushuru and Nairobi Stima can overtake them again when they play their respective round 20 fixtures.
Wazito thought they had broken the deadlock first but a headed effort from a corner just after the quarter hour mark was ruled out after the referee adjudged Njunge had been fouled in the build up to the goal.
The visitors went 1-0 up moments later as Mango chipped the goalkeeper to score after some fine display in the middle of the park set him up with a pinpoint through ball.
Both rallied for the next goal with the back lines on both ends pulling the strings, to maintain the scores at 1-0.
Wazito hit back just before both sides went for the breather as right back Anekeya thumped into the right corner with a free kick after Victor Ndinya was brought down at the edge of the box, the half settling for a one-all scoreline
Stars again got flying after the interval, as Ndungu restored their lead with a headed effort two minutes from the restart.
The industrious Anekea who marauded the right wing from his right back position, exhibited moments of individual brilliance beating Stars left back Calvin Masawa before swinging in an enticing cross into the area.
Stars goalkeeper Vincent Misikhu unsuccessfully committed himself to the teasing cross, Wazito left winger heading over at the glare of a empty and begging net.
A couple of minutes later, the hosts were back, with forward David Orem being denied by the post and the rebound blazed way wide by a pressured Ndinya.
With quarter of the game left to play, Wazito unleashed endless attacks on the opponents territory with Orem and Dan Owino firing wide from close range.
The hosts’ efforts were to be rewarded as winger Joseph Waithira curled in the ball from the left edge of the box beating stars GK who was a yard off his line; a nicely taken goal that attracted a marvellous applause from the stung crowds.
Substitute Derrick Onyango blazed high and over the bar in the dying moments of the game, before Stars skipper Museve stopped a damaging attack by hawk-eyed interception inside the penalty area as Wazito pushed for a win.
Waithira came back to complete his brace, bagging the winner in the final minute of stoppage time after a low cross was sent rolling across the face of the goal.
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