Wasteful Mathare Held By Bandari
Mathare United settled for a barren draw against Bandari in a Round 15 league match that they dominated from the onset at the Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday.
A glut of missed chances in the first half proved costly in the end as Bandari's custodian Faruk Shikalo produced a brilliant second half display to secure a point for the visitors.
Francis Kimanzi’s charges came into this match seeking to halt a four match winless run yet in the end they were wasteful especially in the first half where they clearly were the better side.
Chris Ochieng’, elevated to the first eleven for this match, teed up Edward Seda for a shot at the edge of the box for the first real chance of the game but the latter miscued his effort. Moments later, Cliff Nyakeya once again sent Seda clean through on goal but a heroic block from Felly Mulumba saved Bandari.
The best chance of the opening quarter fell to David Owino who contrived to loop the ball over Farouk Shikhalo from a tight angle when finding the three yellow shirts in the box was the better option. A fingertip save from Shikhalo kept the tie even as Bandari survived another early scare.
With the hosts firmly in control, they knit together a brilliant move of 20 passes before Chrispin Oduor found Clifford Alwanga in the box. However his shot went straight to Shikhalo and the frustration grew.
Alwanga turned provider in the Slum Boys’ next foray after flicking a long ball from Samuel Olwande into the path of Ochieng’. With only Fred Nkata to beat, Ochieng’ hared towards the box leaving the Ugandan in his wake but he went for power in his finish when looping the ball over an advancing Shikhalo could have easily provided the breakthrough.
That piece of superb goalkeeping from Shikhalo saw both sides head to the break at level pegging with Mathare unable to find the opener.
Michael Luvutsi got the show started at the restart with a 18 yard drive that flew inches over the bar after being teed up by midfield partner Collins Agade. The reply arrived on the other end when Nyakeya was set up by Seda and he did well to round Shikhalo but his finish was cleared off the line by Hassan Iddi.
Ken Odhiambo made his first change introducing William Wadri for the off colour Mohammed Siraj. However the storm never abated as Bandari were lucky not to concede in the 67th minute. Martin Ongori delivered a low teasing cross across the face of goal but there was no yellow shirt to connect when the slightest of touches could have produced the breakthrough.
Moments later, Alwanga sent his glancing header wide off target after Nyakeya had picked him out with a weighted cross. Shikhalo produced yet another save from the top drawer to deny Alwanga his eighth goal of the season after he tipped his header over the bar with only ten minutes to go.
For all their dominance, Mathare United were almost punished when Abdallah Hassan ran the full length of the pitch in a quick counter attacking move but he went for power in his finish only finding the side netting.
The point takes our tally to 26, four behind league leaders Gor Mahia.
Starting XI: 1. Robert Mboya (GK) 16. David Owino 20. Martin Ongori 25. Samuel Olwande 19. Johnstone Omurwa 5. Francis Omondi 4. Edward Seda (85' 10. Ahmed Ahmad) 29. Chrispin Oduor 11. Cliff Nyakeya 9. Chris Ochieng’ (78’ 13.John Mwangi) 21. Clifford Alwanga
Subs: 30. Job Ochieng’ (GK) 28. Gilbert Osonga 22. Roy Okal 8. Alphonce Ndonye 15. Ronald Reagan