Wazito FC picked up a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Vihiga United in the Football Kenya Federation FKF Premier League to hand Francis Kimanzi his first three points as new head coach at Utalii Ground on Friday.
Boniface Omondi, Dennis Ng’ang’a and Whyvonne Isuza scored Wazito’s goals before they were denied a clean sheet by Norman Werunga.
Joe Waithera could have given Wazito the lead in the sixth minute but he missed the target narrowly after he was picked out by Isuza’s cross.
Omondi scored his competitive debut goal for the Nairobi-based club in the 14th minute to give his side a first-half lead. Initially, Waithera’s shot was saved by Vihiga United’s goalkeeper Joe Bataro but Omondi was at the right position to head home the rebound.
Brian Musa got a good chance to double the lead in the 21st minute but his effort, after receiving Dennis Sikhayi’s pass, went high and over the crossbar.
Peter Odhiambo saved Wazito from conceding in the 26th minute as Vihiga attacked and crowded out the penalty box of the hosts. The former Gor Maia star’s huge save kept the score at 1-0 for Wazito who were, however, the dominant side.
Ng’ang’a scored the second for the 2019 National Super League champions with a superbly taken free-kick from 30-yards away in the 28th minute.
Vihiga were reduced to 10 men after the half-time whistle when Sabiri Sindani argued with the officials and was sent off. The red card proved costly for them as they looked outmuscled in all the departments thereafter.
Wazito took advantage of their reduced rivals to add the third goal in the 54th minute. Isuza tapped the ball into the net after Kevin Kimani set up a good cross for him with a fine delivery.
Three minutes past the hour mark, the visitors scored to deny Wazito a home clean sheet. Werunga’s goal was as a result of another well-taken free-kick.
Coach Kimanzi made two changes in quick succession as he introduced Musa Masika for Brian Musa in the 67th minute before Vincent Oburu came on for Omondi two minutes later.
The former Harambee Stars coach waited until the 87th minute to take out Isuza for Joshua Nyatini in order to reinforce the midfield.
As the game grew into a more physical contest, Waithira and Sikhayi were booked in the 85th and 90th minutes, respectively.
Wazito managed to deal with all the attacks launched by the visitors to get their first win in the season as Vihiga United went down for the second time in a row.