Wazito Thump Thika in Relegation Scrap

Wazito FC won their first match in 13 attempts as they rallied from behind to thump fellow strugglers Thika United 3-1 at the latter’s Thika sub-County Stadium, Sunday afternoon.

Haji Mwachoki gave Thika the lead but the Nairobi side staged a comeback with Derrick Onyango and Edwin Lavtsa scoring two goals in two minutes to give the visiting side a rare three points.

Frank Ouna’s side have been struggling for points in their debut season in the topflight but here was their chance to pick something against a side whose struggles are as apparent.

Thika, who lost almost an entire starting XI during the mid-season transfer window, must have fancied their chances against the visitors who have been occupying the bottom for what feels like ages.

They started better here as Mwachoki got an early header which he sent wide of Martin Musalia’s post.

The lanky forward was kept quite for only 11 minutes as in the 12th, his presence was felt after he was spotted at the far post by Heritier Ndombele who hit an exquisite long ball to the striker’s feet.

Mwachoki’s first touch saw him shift the ball to his left foot (a calm idea which helped him avoid his marker’s attention) and with the keeper opened up, the forward curled the ball at far post and into the net to give the hosts the perfect start.

The goal awoke the Wazito players who started playing with more intent. They were behind only until the 26th minute as Emmanuel Tienan volleyed a cross from Piscas Muhindo into the roof of Allan Owiny’s net.

The now end-to-end game however presented just one more clean chance when Mwachoki’s shot took a wicked deflection before rolling out for a corner which the Wazito backline dealt with, the duo heading into the break level.

Quickfire goals

The game was decided with a crazy second half start. Derrick Onyango has been sharp for Wazito since joining them in June and he showed his killer instincts immediately after the second half kick-off.

With Thika holding a high line, Onyango sneaked behind and got onto a lobbed pass from Piscas before poking the ball home past Owiny.

And from the restart, Wazito were once again wheeling away in celebration.

Lavatsa spotted an opportunity to press James Orundu, and did, forcing the midfielder to lose possession and the experienced hit man only had to race clear before powering home from the edge of the area. Owiny got something on it but not enough to deny Wazito a 3-1 lead.

Thika, predictably rocked by the quick goals, struggled to create anything meaningful as the home crowd grew impatient and agitated.

They had to wait until the 70th minute to test Musalia again as fullback Baraka Badi struck a free-kick straight to the veteran goalkeeper. Mwachoki also sent a shot in anger that had the keeper springing up to push it for a corner.

It was all Thika now and they should have pulled one back but Michael Mutinda shot wide from the edge of the area, while Ndombele could only strike the wall from an indirect free-kick which was awarded against Musalia for time wasting.

Wazito defended the remaining minutes with their lives, eventually seeing off a fine result that should get them thinking that survival is still possible.

For Thika, it seems like they will need the miracles ala last season to stay up. The replace Wazito at the bottom with 20 points, three behind the Frank Ouna’s men.

In other matches on the day, there were wins for AFC Leopards who hit Nakumatt 4-2, Mathare United who won the Slum Derby against Kariobangi Sharks 2-1 and Bandari FC who kept their fine run in tact, beating Tusker 1-0 at Ruaraka. Also winning were Sony Sugar who moved into the top half of the table with a 1-0 result at Ulinzi Stars.

By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)

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