Former Kenyan international Stephen Waruru helped himself to a brace as Ulinzi Stars handed Mathare United a 5-1 spanking at the Afraha Stadium in a Round 6 league match played on Sunday 23 April.
Goals from Samuel Onyango, Daniel Waweru and Enos Ochieng ensured Derrick Onyango's lovely goal was reduced to a mere consolation.
The tie signalled the beginning of a seven match touchline ban for head coach Francis Kimanzi and the prematch talk was inevitably hinged around his absence.Granted his guidance was much needed in this tie, it only took five minutes for Onyango to open the floodgates when he headed home Brian Birgen's dipping cross at the back post.
Even before Salim Ali could conjure up some encouraging words for his charges, the hosts extended their lead this time Waruru tapping in Oliver Ruto's cross from close range. Mathare United's start looked far from convincing and they fell further behind at the quarter hour mark when Waruru pounced on a loose ball to tuck his finish beyond an advancing Levis Opiyo.
Samuel Onyango could have completed his brace ten minutes later but he blazed his shot with Opiyo well off his line.
Then on the other end Derrick Onyango produced a flicker of hope when he calmly controlled Abubakar Keya's lofted through ball before firing a fierce volley into the top left corner beyond James Saruni's despairing dive. There was a nervy ending to the opening half as Onyango and Waruru both missed identical chances to put the match beyond the visitors reach.
Onyango's effectiveness as an attacking outlet continued after the restart as he once again tormented the Mathare United defence with devastating pace on the break. Twice he came close to improving his tally but he was thwarted by Opiyo.
Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso keen to settle the tie as a contest introduced Enos Ochieng and the soldiers finally added some cushion to their lead. David Mwangi shoved Cliff Kasuti in the box to give away a cheap penalty that was well taken by Daniel Waweru for Ulinzi's fourth goal of the day. Waweru tthen turned provider in the closing stages to set up Enos for a free header from close range that compounded the Slum Boys woes.
Derrick Onyango's miss from the spot in stoppage time summed up what was a bad day in office for the lads. This will certainly go down the history books as the biggest loss for Mathare United in a league match in the modern day Kenyan Premier League.
The result leaves Mathare United 17th on the log ahead of a midweek clash against sixth placed Chemelil Sugar.