Mathare gallop five clear with Vihiga fightback


Mathare gallop five clear with Vihiga fightback
Mathare United FC players celebrate a goal against Kakamega Homeboyz FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on January 19, 2019. Mathare United FC won 3-2. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Mathare United fought back from a goal down to seal a 3-1 victory over Vihiga United as they opened up a five-point lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table on Sunday in Kasarani
  • The sort of drama that highlighted bits of the match was capped by a pair of own goals in either half with Johnstone Omurwa and Moffat Juma guilty of diverting balls into the wrong nets

Mathare United fought back from a goal down to seal a 3-1 victory over Vihiga United as they opened up a five-point lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table on Sunday at the Kasarani Stadium.

The sort of drama that highlighted bits of the match was capped by a pair of own goals in either half with Johnstone Omurwa and Moffat Juma guilty of diverting balls into the wrong nets.

Kevin Kimani scored a neat penalty to pull Mathare level at 1-1 after Omurwa had rolled Edmond Mauda’s cross into his own net before Juma turned in David Owino’s corss beyond his goalkeeper Geoffrey Oputi after the restart.

Cliff Nyakeya gave the Slum Boys the two-goal insurance with a cheeky effort, flicking Chripine Oduor’s cross over Oputi to secure their seventh win of the season and ensure they stay unbeaten nine rounds into the season.

It was the second successive gameweek in which the league leaders have recovered from a losing position and went on to win after they had claimed a 3-2 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz at the same venue.

At the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, Sofapaka FC survived a late scare from Zoo Kericho FC as they clinched a 3-2 victory. The hosts had scored three quickfire goals from Piston Mustamba, Elly Asieche and Umaru Kasumba in the first half before hit back with a late Danson Chetambe double.

Danson Wakhungu struck a double as Nzoia United defeated Mount Kenya United 2-1 while Ulinzi Stars were held to a 0-0 draw by Kakamega Homeboyz in Nakuru.

Gor Mahia FC suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of KCB FC while Posta Rangers’ woeful start to the season hit a new low when they went 1-0 down to Sony Sugar at Awendo’s Green Stadium.

Daniel Otieno struck in added time of the first half to condemn the Mailmen to their fifth straight loss.

 

SUMMARISED RESULTS

Sofapaka FC 3-2 Zoo Kericho

Mathare United 3-1 Vihiga United

Sony Sugar FC 1-0 Posta Rangers

Nzoia United 2-1 Mount Kenya United FC

Ulinzi Stars 0-0 Kakamega Homeboyz

KCB FC 1-0 Gor Mahia FC

 

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