Wazito mill Sony Sugar in fine start to life in KPL


Wazito mill Sony Sugar in fine start to life in KPL
Wazito FC players’ line-up against Sony Sugar FC during their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at the Camp Toyoyo grounds won 1-0. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Wazito FC made a winning start to life in the top flight as they sank Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo grounds.
  • Joseph Omweri's own goal condemned the millers to an opening loss of the campaign.
  • Sony's hope for a late fight- back diminished when Bernard Omondi was sent to the lockers for a dangerous challenge on Joe Waithira.
  • The hosts enjoyed a dominant first half with Waithira causing all sorts of trouble for Sony.

Wazito FC made a winning start to life in the top flight as they sank Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo grounds on Saturday in round one of the 2018 Kenyan Premier League.

Joseph Omweri’s own goal condemned the millers to an opening loss of the campaign while any hope of a late fight- back was diminished when Bernard Omondi was sent to the lockers for a dangerous challenge on Joe Waithira.

The hosts enjoyed a dominant first half with Waithira causing all sorts of trouble for Sony and it was no surprise as they took the lead at the hour-mark.

The visitors had conceded a couple of fouls near the 18-yard area but the goal came from a corner as Erick Odhiambo’s shot took a heavy deflection off Omweri for a deserved opener.

Waithira continued to dictate the play from the left wing, beating his markers at will and should have had his first goal involvement of the afternoon when his outfoot pass found Piston Mtamba in front of goal but the striker failed to control it.

Sony almost hit back in the 40th minute when the ball took an awkward bounce over goalkeeper Erick Ogwade to leave Waithira with a gaping net but defender Alfred Onyango showed great recovery to marshall him out of play.

Sony came knocking again as winger David Simiyu robbed the ball from Kevin Oluoch with a good tackle and crossed into the path of Benjamin Mosha only for the forward to head wide from point-blank range.

Mosha turned creator as he trod a delicate pass for Mwana Yema but Omweri arrived just in time to win the ball off him.

Coach Frank Ouna’s men took that narrow lead into the break but almost lost it moments after the restart as Simiyu won a foul in a promising position.

Ogwade did just enough to tip the resultant free-kick above the frame of the goal.

Yema should have made it 1-1 from the resultant corner but his diving header beat both the goalkeeper and the target.

The visitors were reduced to 10-men as Omondi was shown the marching orders for smashing into Waithira.

It was the clearest sign of frustration from Sony against a player whose pieces of individual brilliance they had failed to contain.

Waithira found more freedom to exploit and played Mtamba through again but the striker’s balance let him down when all he had to do was apply a simple touch for the finish.

With the fine start, Wazito will be hoping to have another roller-coaster run, similar to the coup they instigated in the National Super League last term, culminating in them clinching a slot in the top-division.

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