KPL Review: Mathare United winning their way in the relegation battle

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After flirting with relegation in the first half of the season, Mathare United look to have got their footing as they move up the ladder from the basement position they held for so long.

The slum boys gave perhaps their best show in a long time running riot against Zoo Kericho who that hammered 6-0 in a one sided affair at the bumpy Ruaraka grounds.

Chrispin Oduor stole the show with a hat trick, substitute Derrick Onyango scored twice while Edward Seda notched in one.

It as a performance that left Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi happy for several reasons.

“I am happy for the win which takes us off the relegation zone. But I also happy because the boys are now maturing and getting the rhythm of the Kenyan Premier League,” said Kimanzi.

From that big win, Mathare United moved to 13th with 20 points after 20 matches.

While Mathare were enjoying a good day in office, the same cannot be said of Muhoroni Youth who were felled 2-1 by Gor Mahia as they remained rooted at the bottom of the table with 15 points.

It has not been a great week for the side from the foots of Got Alila (Alila Hills), their chairman was banned from attending KPL matches for four months for leading fans to invade the pitch in a previous game.

And on Saturday, they were up against a Gor Mahia side that looks to be focused on winning the league once again this season after losing it to Tusker last season.

Timothy Otieno scored twice in the first half as the 15 time champions walked away with all the points which left Gor Mahia extending their lead to 40 points, six ahead of their closest challengers Sofapaka who hammered Nakumatt 5-2 to dislodge Posta Rangers from the second position with 34 points.

Rangers were held to a one all draw by Chemelil Sugar in Awasi, a result the mailmen were definitely not happy with as it widened the gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia.

Chemelil scored through Philip Muchuma converting Collins Neto’s cross in the 15th minute before Kennedy Otieno equalised towards the end of the first half.

The other league match of the weekend saw Thika United beating Nzoia Sugar by a solitary goal scored by Nigerian Onwudi Chibueze.

Weekend Results:

Muhoroni Youth 1 Gor Mahia 2

Mathare United 6 Zoo Kericho 0

Sofapaka 5 Nakumatt FC 2

Thika United 1 Nzoia Sugar 0

Chemelil Sugar 1 Posta Rangers 1

 

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