By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)
Visiting Zoo Kericho twice rallied from behind to pick a point in a goal-laden clash against Wazito which ended 3-3 at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.
The visitors were on the backfoot from the off and were saved by the offside flag just two minutes in when Piscas Muhando slotted past Martin Elungat.
The Wazito winger would then sting the keeper’s palms with a left-footed drive at the 9th minute, while his partner Antony Njeru came even closer when his piledriver cannoned off the bar two minutes later.
Zoo, who were lucky to not have conceded at least twice early on, had to wait until the 20th minute to have Martin Musalia worried as Mike Madoya sent his header wide while unmarked at the backpost.
The pint-sized midfielder did better with his next effort just before the half hour mark as he pounced on a defence opening pass from Bernard Odhiambo but his stinging strike drew an awkward but effective save from Musalia.
Zoo were now knocking hard at Wazito’s door as Nicholas Kipkurui also came close, his header from Odhiambo’s cross missing the target by inches.
From the resultant goal-kick, Wazito got the opener as Simon Mburu, who had been on the pitch for seconds after replacing Piscas, planted a loose ball home with his first touch in the 33rd minute.
Zoo would however get the equalizer six minutes later as Madoya struck the first of his two goals, volleying home after Oliver Kilonzo’s poor header found the midfielder lurking just behind.
Njeru almost pulled Wazito ahead once again with another long range strike which Elungat tripped over. Eric Odhiambo and Mburu both had chances to give Wazito a second goal as they finished strongly but the duo fluffed their lines, the match heading into the break level.
Zoo quickened off the blocks and were celebrating taking the lead just five minutes in as their yin and yang (Madoya and Kipkirui) combined with Madoya spotting and feeding Kipkirui’s run before the winger side-footed past Musalia.
Wazito should have drawn level earlier than when they did as Eric Odhiambo, who was in a point blank range, directed a header straight at Elungat while Njeru shot over yards out when a tap in is all he needed.
The incessant pressure paid off for Wazito in the 62nd minute as a lovely interplay saw Mburu lay the ball off to fellow substitute John Katua who easily beat Elungat.
Katua turned provider 8 minutes later as Waxing reclaimed the lead but an 81st minutes penalty, converted by Madoya after Jackson Saleh cluttered Kipkirui on air restored parity.
Yet, Derrick Onyango could have won it for Wazito – who were denied another goal for foul throw – when he curled into the near post but Elungat stretched his limits to parry the ball away for a corner which his defence dealt with, the match ending 3-3.