Mathare consolidate lead as K’Ogalo stutter


Mathare consolidate lead as K'Ogalo stutter
Mathare United FC players line-up against Nzoia Sugar FC during their Sportpesa Premier League match at the Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega County on December 15, 2018. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Mathare United will comfortably sit at the summit of the Kenya Premier League with a five -point cushion for a week, at least, after hitting Vihiga United 3-1 in a thrilling contest at the Moi International Sporst Centre, Kasarani at the weekend to haul their points tally to 23 from nine matches.

Mathare United will comfortably sit at the summit of the Kenya Premier League with a five -point cushion for a week, at least, after hitting Vihiga United 3-1 in a thrilling contest at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani at the weekend to haul their points tally to 23 from nine matches.

The outcome gives the ‘Slum Boys’ some breathing space as they are five points ahead of second placed Bandari FC who have played a match less having been away in the Super Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where they fell 0-1 to Kariobangi Sharks in the Cup final.

Elsewhere, defending champions Gor Mahia were stung 1-0 by bankers KCB in an ill-tempered Premier League date at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Kennedy Owino’s 22nd strike condemned K’Ogalo to their third deafeat of the season having previously been edged out by Super Cup finalists, Kariobangi Sharks and Bandari, and now sits eighth on 13 points after eight matches with KCB rising to 10th on 10 points.

K’Ogalo have now gone three games without a win in all competitions having played to a goalless draw with Cameroon’s News Stars in the Confederations Cup and edged out on penalties by Tanzanian side Mbao FC in the Super Cup ahead of their Sunday’s encounter with Egyptian heavyweights Zamalek FC, as questions linger on Hassan Oktay’s ability to lead the glamour club to glory.

From Awendo’s Green Stadium, Daniel Otieno goal in added time of the first half downed visitors Posta Rangers to make it six losses out of seven matches for new coach John Kamau who is however defiant his side will get ticking.

“I can say that so far, I am happy with the attitude of the players. We are doing well despite the fact that we are losing matches, because there is no easy transition. I think it is something we are going to work on but what matters is our mental part of it. At the end of it, we will be a happy lot, I’m very confident of that,” he charged.

SUMMARISED KPL RESULTS

Sofapaka FC 3-2 Zoo Kericho (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos)

Mathare United 3-1 Vihiga United (Kasarani)

Sony Sugar FC 1-0 Posta Rangers (Green Stadium, Awendo)

Nzoia United 2-1 Mount Kenya United FC (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma)

Ulinzi Stars 0-0 Kakamega Homeboyz (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru)

KCB FC 1-0 Gor Mahia FC (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos)

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