NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – Elvis Rupia scored one of the quickest hatricks in recent FKF Premier League history as Kenya Police FC thumped a sorry Tusker FC 3-0 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Saturday afternoon.
The brewers had a defensive performance to forget in the first half as they easily gave out space at the back for Police to dance their way and stagger into a flattering victory.
Rupia broke the deadlock in the second minute of the match when an easy hand-off on Charles Momanyi gifted him space on the left and he struck a low shot past Brian Bwire.
He netted his second in the 14th minute when he was gifted the ball inside the Tusker FC box. Boniface Onyango tried to pass out the ball in his own box and Rupia intercepted, shooting past Bwire.
Two minutes later he completed his hattrick, a quick throw in from the right catching the Tusker backline napping and the forward storming into the box and shooting beyond Bwire.
It was a nightmare start for the brewers who have only won once in their last five matches.
They could have pulled one back in the 18th minute when Daniel Sakari’s cross found Charles Momanyi unmarked at the backpost but his header came off his skipper Humphrey Mieno.
Coach Robert Matano was lining up changes with his side clearly struggling to get their feet into the game.
He pulled out Eric Zakayo and Jimmy Mbugua to alter his starting shape and brought on Shaphan Oyugi and Deogratious Ojok.
Tusker started to grow into the game and were denied by a good save from Job Ochieng in the 34th minute, the keeper pushing Ibrahim Joshua’s header from a Sakari cross against the bar.
Despite comfortably getting into the game and with a three-goal target to chase, Tusker couldn’t grab a goal back before the break.