BY UPESINEWS SPORTS TEAM,11TH MARCH 2017-Nzioa United who are the SportPesa Premier League newcomers have begun the new season on a high note by thrashing champions Tusker 5-2 in the opening match of the 2017 season at the Afraha Stadium on Saturday.
The brewers’s winger Noah Wafula opened the scoring sheet for Ruaraka based football giants in the ninth minute, the first goal of the 2017 season, before Elvis Rupia levelled matters for the visitors after 22 minutes.
– Edwin Wafula who is the Former AFC Leopards defender then gave Nzoia the lead before the break before Shafik Batambuze struck the equaliser for brewers with a well taken free-kick just two minutes after the break. Brian Otieno’s brace and a contested Boniface Omondi strike straight from a corner completed the rout.
-Nzoia started the match on a high with Rupia missing two early chances to give Bernard Mwalala’s charges the lead before Noah Wafula struck the opener against the run of play.
Nzoia kept pressing and were rewarded when Rupia headed home from a free-kick. Samuel Olwande, who had a torrid afternoon, began his life at Tusker in the worst form possible, conceding a penalty four minutes before the break which was slotted home by Edwin Wafula.
Batambuze then restored parity after the breather only for Otieno to hit a quick-fire brace from two set pieces in the 51st and 66th minutes to put the score beyond the napping brewers.
Tusker’s shambolic defending was exposed with the pacy Nzoia forwards enjoying a bright afternoon in Nakuru.