Enosh Ochieng' scored the first goal of the 2018 Kenyan Premier League season to help Ulinzi Stars kick off the title hunt with a resounding victory over Zoo FC.
Former champions Ulinzi beat the visiting Zoo Kericho 4-2 at Afraha Stadium to hand Coach Dunstan Nyando a positive start as he begins his reign as Ulinzi Stars head coach.
Nyaudo replaced Benjamin Nyangweso who was fired after a poor performance last season.
Ochieng gave Ulinzi the lead in the fourth minute to ink his name in the history book as the first player to score the opening goal of the 2018 campaign.
Cliff Kasuti doubled Ulinzi’s advantage just 10 minutes later after picking a beautiful pass to bang home the second for the soldiers.
Nicholas Kipkirui cut Ulinzi’s two-goal advantage when he headed home a Dominic Ouma delivery from the corner for Zoo’s opening goal of the season.
But Dan Waweru restored Ulinzi's two-goal advantage with a third goal at the stroke of half-time to hand Ulinzi a 3-1 lead at the break.
Reigning Kenya Premier League Most Valuable Player, Mike Madoya almost spoilt that part for Ulinzi with a second goal in the 61-minute goal.
Zoo put pressure on the hosts with a late rally but the Army side held their grounds when they repelled the opposition to clinch the maximum points.
Masuta Misita restored Ulinzi’s two-goal advantage with a 64-minute goal to help Nyaudo deliver the statement of intent to KPL opponents.
Elsewhere, Chemelil Sugar handed Sam Timbe his first defeat in his second return to the KPL following a 2-0 win at Chemelil Sports Complex while debutants Wazito FC beat Sony Sugar 1-0 at Camp Toyoyo.