National Hockey League: Wananchi crush Simba

Last season’s top scorer in the National Hockey League Thomas Opio notched his first brace of the new season as defending champions Wananchi crushed a lackluster Simba 5-1 to register their second victory of the campaign.

A lot had been made of Wananchi’s poor start to the season, but the record league winners were a class apart on Sunday.

Joshua Opolot’s men entered the game fresh from a 8-1 thrashing of bottom side Rockets, and began the match on a high note.

Simba were forced to defend from onset and were lucky not to concede two goals in the opening five minutes but they could not survive much longer as Opio opened the scoring in the eighth minute to give his side a deserved lead.

Wananchi’s second goal came in brilliant fashion. After Simba enjoying a rare possession for close to a minute, Wananchi staged a counter attack from the right hand side. Joshua Gumisiriza drove the ball from his half to brilliantly set up William Oketcha who had no resistance guiding the ball inside the net.

Andrew Lubega gave his side Simba some bit of hope when he halved the deficit ten minutes after recess through a short corner, but five minutes later Emmanuel Baguma sent in a screamer from outside the D to make it 3-1.

Jerome Owori then entered his name on the score sheet, and seconds to the end, Opio seized the opportunity to close the evening with Wananchi’s fifth- his second of the day.

Wananchi made life difficult for Simba. Oketcha who practically was everywhere on the field, Baguma, Opio, Kevin Chimwani and Collin Batusa all performed brilliantly well. They played with fluency, pace and brutal finishing as they made it two wins in a row.

And at the other side of the pitch, captain Innocent Raskara who surprisingly started in defense handled things perfectly well.

Wananchi ascend second, dislodging Weatherhead who have played a game less on goal difference. Simba remain fourth with three points.