Victor Wanyama makes another substitute appearance as CF Montreal return to winning ways

CF Montreal midfielder Victor Wanyama (2) plays the ball during the first half of the game against the Columbus Crew at Stade Saputo on September 9, 2022.

Victor Wanyama makes another substitute appearance as CF Montreal return to winning ways

Joel Omotto 09:30 - 14.04.2024

Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama had to come off the bench yet again as CF Montreal ended a three-game losing streak in their first home match of the season.

Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama came off the bench for the fourth time this season as his side CF Montreal returned to winning ways following a 2-1 victory against Cincinnati on Sunday morning.

In what was their first home match after starting the season with six away matches, Montreal turned on the style in front of 19,000 fans who braved the chilly weather at Saputo Stadium and were rewarded with three points.

New signing Josef Martinez slotted home the opening goal in time added on in the first half, having come on in the 26th minute for injured striker Matias Coccaro.

Montreal could not hold on for long as Cincinnati drew level through Yuya Kubo in the 58th minute prompting coach Laurent Courtois to make some changes with Wanyama among those introduced.

Wanyama came on in the 63rd minute to replace Raheem Edwards who was already on a yellow card and his arrival coincided with Montreal taking the lead.

Against the run of play, Martinez set up Ariel Lassiter and the forward blasted home a left-footed stunner for the winning goal as Montreal ended a run of three straight defeats.

Wanyama was instrumental in helping Courtois’ men hold onto their lead, managing a pass accuracy of 81 per cent while he had 20 touches for the time he was on the pitch. The Kenyan international also managed a shot and put in one tackle.

It was the second straight game in which he was coming from the bench, having been snubbed for the previous two matches, but he is still waiting for his first start of the season.

Victory leaves Montreal on eighth position on the Eastern Conference table with 10 points from seven games while Cincinnati have two points more in fifth spot.

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