Mathare United 0-4 Nakumatt

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Kenyan Premier League
Saturday, August 18, 2018

The lads had a bad day in office as they fell 0-4 to Nakumatt in a Round 27 league match played at the Camp Toyoyo on Saturday.

Joe Waithera grabbed a brace as the pair of Kelvin Thairu and John Avire came off the bench to score a goal apiece.

After picking a moral boosting 2-1 win against Kariobangi Sharks last time out, head coach Francis Kimanzi made only one change to his first eleven replacing Clifford Alwanga with Chris Ochieng’.

Francis Omondi started the show with a lovely diagonal picking John Mwangi in acres of space on the left. He cut into the box but over hit his cross past Ochieng’.

Waithera opener 

On the other end Joe Waithera broke the deadlock with neat finish after being played clean through on goal by Harun Nyakha.

It all started when Chrispin Oduor needlessly lost possession to Nyakha at the middle of the park. The diminutive midfielder dribbled past two yellow shirts before setting up Waithera one on one with David Okello.

The best chance for the hosts came just after the quarter hour mark following an extended period of possession. Cliff Nyakeya Nyakeya waltzed past Kevin Omondi but he contrived to shoot to the side netting when squaring the ball for Ochieng and Oduor was the best option.

Okello saves 

Okello then single handedly denied Nakumatt thrice as they sought to stretch their lead. First he narrowed Moses Odhiambo’s angles forcing him to place his effort wide from close range before denying Waithera his second from a one on one situation.

He still was not done as he showed great awareness to parry a stinging drive from Clinton Kisiavuki at his near post. Hopes of an equalizer before the break were dimmed when Eugene Ambulwa pulled off a heroic block to deny Nyakeya from the edge of the box.

With the hosts on the ascendancy, Nakumatt coach Melis Medo introduced the speedy Timonah Wanyonyi for Tom Adwar yet the storm never abated. Ochieng’ was unlucky not to level the scores as he watched his shot cannon off the left upright with Phillip Odhiambo well beaten.

As the clock ticked towards the hour mark both coaches made changes; Kimanzi sending Alwanga and Samuel Ndung’u into the fray while Medo introduced John Avire for Cornelius Juma.

Waithera brace 

Moments later, Waithera completed his brace showing predatory instincts to pounce on a low cross from Boniface Mukhekhe and slot home past Okello.

Substitutes score 

There was no stopping Nakumatt from then onwards as Waithera’s replacement Kelvin Thairu also got on the score sheet after reacting first to a rebound from Mukhekhe’s shot.

With ten minutes left on the clock, Avire scored from the spot after Johnstone Omurwa had brought him down in the box.

Alwanga penalty miss 

A lifeless display from the boys was worsened by Alwanga’s penalty miss as Odhiambo went full stretch to his left to deny him. Wanyonyi missed a glorious chance to make it five for Nakumatt as he sent his effort wide with only Okello to beat.

Starting XI: 1. David Okello (GK) 25. Samuel Olwande 20. Martin Ongori 19. Johnstone Omurwa 28. James Situma 5. Francis Omondi 10. Ahmed Ahmad (73’ 16. David Owino) 29. Chrispin Oduor 11. Cliff Nyakeya 13.John Mwangi (55’ 21. Clifford Alwanga) 9. Chris Ochieng’ (60’ 7. Samuel Ndung’u)

Unused subs: 30. Job Ochieng’ (GK) 22. Roy Okal 15. Ronald Reagan 24. Klinsman Omulanga

The result leaves us at seventh place with 38 points.