Charles Thuku @PeopleSports11
Although it is still premature to predict their destiny in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League, Mathare United seem desirous to have a better impact than in the previous seasons.
After overcoming the league’s new boys Vihiga United in their season-opening match, the ‘slum boys’ exhibited a touch of class at the weekend to win their second match on a trot by thumping gritty Nzoia Sugar 2-1.
Following the win, Mathare assumed an early lead, dislodging Gor Mahia who were exempted from the weekend fixtures due to their involvement in the Africa Champions League where they dispatched their visitors Vegeteranios of Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in Machakos.
Apparently, Mathare who added some reinforcements going into the new season are reaping the fruits of hard work and can only get better before the league takes shape. Francis Omondi was the hero for Mathare United as he converted an 83rd minute penalty to hand the team a hard fought victory against visiting Nzoia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
George Mutimba had put Nzoia the lead at the half-hour’s mark and they maintained it until the 77th minute when Chrispine Oduor equalised for Mathare. Omondi scored from the spot six minutes later to hand Mathare the crucial win.
Like Mathare, pride of place goes to Sofapaka who bounced from their round one defeat to sink Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0, thanks to Elly Asieche’s goal. Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimb attributed the win to tactical acumen exhibited by his charges especially after the half-time pep talk. “Unlike during the match against Bandari, my strikers were more direct and showed hunger for goals.
It may be a slim win but it mattes since we have all the three maximum points in the bag,” said Ssimbwa. But if the match between Sofapaka and Homeboyz was devoid of a glut of goals, the one pitting Nakumatt and Thika United at Ruaraka was different as it produced a record six goals with the teams sharing the spoils at three-all.
Masakidi Mata grabbed a brace for Thika, getting his first in the sixth minute before Saad Musa Abdalla scored at the quarter-hour mark to make it 2-0 in favour of Thika.