Zoo Kericho moved to just within a point of joining the top half of the table after a dominant 3-1 victory over struggling visitors Nzoia United at the Kericho Green Stadium, Saturday afternoon.
The game was put well beyond Nzoia’s reach by the half time whistle which was graced with much cheer from the crowd who were entertained by three first half home goals.
Bernard Odhiambo has struggled in front of goal for Zoo this season but he gave his team the most perfect start with a rare strike inside 10 minutes.
With their leading scorer Nicholas Kipkirui out of matchday squad, Zoo needed to find goals from somewhere else and the striking partnership between Odhiambo and the lightweight Dominic Kiprono was troubling the visitor’s backline.
It was winger Kepha Ondati though who got the second, beating Mustapha Oduor in Nzoia’s goal with a beauty with 35 minutes on the clock.
Sammy Okoth’s men would put the game to bed just three minutes to the interval as Isaac Kipyegon also got on in the act.
That was as good as it got for Zoo (or as bad as it got for Nzoia) as the second half went the distance with only one goal being added to the tally, a consolation prize for the visitors with five minutes left.
Two in two
The win sees Zoo collect back-to-back victories for the first time this season as they moved 5 points above a relegation play-off spot, and 12 clear of automatic relegation.
It was also the first time they beat Nzoia who won the first leg meeting 2-1 with the other two meetings back in the second tier National Super League ending in draws.
Nzoia meanwhile have hit rock bottom form since the departure of Bernard Mwalala who is flourishing at Bandari FC. They are yet to register a win in 8 matches, the tactician having left some 6 matches ago.
While the win lifts a one-time relegation candidates Zoo to 10th, Nzoia are rooted to 13th and have scored only one goal in six.
By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)