Mathare United produced a remarkable comeback to force a slim win after the visitors found themselves trailing early in the first half.
Dennis Wafula opened the scoring for Vihiga United in the 24th minute, but former Tusker FC ‘reject’, Clifford Alwanga bounced back with a brace in the second half to hand Kimanzi three vital points on the road.
The comeback left Kimanzi oozing with confidence into the post-match interview, singling out the ‘maturity exhibited by his charges after falling behind early in the first half.
“You always don’t want to concede first because it can be very difficult to come back especially when playing away. They have done it in the preseason and they repeated it. It is a belief that even if they score we still can do it. It is a very good mental attribute,” Kimanzi told the club website.
“We are happy and lucky that we got the three points today because the first game of the season is always very tricky. It was a good display and I know we can play even better. With three points and two goals the journey starts and the urge to win more games sets in.”
It was a memorable debut for Alwanga who opened his account for the club with two goals.
Alwanga was among the 14 players released by Tusker for under performance after the conclusion of last season.