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Mathare United gave away a goal lead and a chance to go second on the Kenya Premier League (KPL) table as they played to a one-all draw against Kariobangi Sharks.
The slum derby did not fall short of its pre-match hype as both teams went in search of bragging rights but it was Mathare who drew first blood in the second minute but Clifford Alwanga’s shot hit the side net.
Sharks responded with back-to-back attacks courtesy of diminutive forward Harry Mwendwa, his first attempt at goal missing by few inches while his second, five minutes later, was punched out by Mathare keeper Robert Mboya.
Sharks were punished in the 20th minute when Alwanga headed Martin Ongori’s pass home for the opener.
Mathare’s goal send the warning shot to their opponents as William Muluya’s men pitched camp on the former’s half in search of an equaliser but their attempts proved futile, the match going to the breather with Mathare enjoying the slight advantage.
On resumption Francis Kimanzi brought in Chris Ochieng for Alwanga in search of more goals but it was Sharks who grew hungrier for a goal by the minute.
Their efforts paid off in the 58th minute through Patillah Omotto after a series of missed chances for the side. In another match, Thika United registered their second win of the season after stunning debutants Wazito by a solitary goal scored by Eugene Mukangula after a beautiful loop of off Shami.
The win comes a week after head coach Nicholas Muyoti called it quits sighting lack of motivation amongst the playing unit with rumour rife that players have gone without pay for two months.
“The win is good for us as a team. It’s not that we have been playing badly we just have not won matches that we should. We meet Sony next and we hope to keep the winning momentum, “ said Thika team manager Vincent Nyaberi.
On Saturday, AFC Leopards’ winless run in the Kenyan Premier League was stretched to six matches after being held by Chemelil Sugar to a barren draw in Kisumu.
Both teams didn’t create much in the game with the few chances witnessed coming from set-pieces. In the end, both teams settled for a point apiece.
Tusker FC registered a 2-0 win over Bandari at Mbaraki Sports Club thanks to Brian Osumba’s brace in the second half.
The visitors had a good start pinning Bandari to their own half. The best chance in the opening early exchanges of the game came in the seventh minute as Jackson Macharia missed a chance of putting his side ahead after receiving a beautiful pass from Timothy Otieno.
Sony Sugar and Kakamega Homeboyz played to a 0-0 draw at Awendo Green Stadium.
Sony started the game on a high note pressing the visitors. As early as the second minute, Clinton Omondi’s low hard shot almost got the back of the net only for Smith Ouko’s clearance.