The lads showed great resilience to rally from a goal down to edge Vihiga United 2-1 in an evenly contested match at the Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday.
Clifford Alwanga's second half goals were enough to inspire us to victory in the process cancelling out Dennis Wafula's first half strike.
Head coach Francis Kimanzi handed four of his new additions their debuts yet it was Clifford Alwanga and Robert Mboya who impressed.
The visitors started brightly with John Mwangi proving to be a menace on the left where he made light work of Tera Fernandez but his final ball fell behind Alwanga. Amos Kigadi had the first chance for the hosts but his low drive was easily gathered by Mboya.
An intriguing opening quarter paved way for a lull period before Vihiga United found the breakthrough against the run of play. Samuel Olwande’s headed clearance from a corner fell to Vhiga skipper Patrick Okullo who played a clever diagonal to Christopher Masinza. The winger swung a cross into the area that found Dennis Wafula unmarked in the box to slot home albeit amid offside calls from the visitors.
Shortly afterwards Chrispin Oduor almost grabbed the equalizer but his attempted lob over Barnabas Tiema, who had raced off his line, was cleared by Jonathan Mugabi at the goal line and the tie crumbled to a messy affair.
Francis Kimanzi’s charges returned more organized at the restart and it was no surprise when his side levelled. Alwanga showed great composure in the box to tuck his finish beyond Tiema after Seda had fed him with a low cutback.
That goal prompted Edward Manoah to introduce Victor Ayugi for the off colour Charles Okwemba and the tide swung the hosts’ way. Okullo could have put the men in green ahead but his effort cannoned off Johnstone Omurwa’s outstretched foot with Mboya well beaten.
More attacking verve was sought through Michael Isabwa and Kimanzi replied sending Daniel Mwaura to the fray in place of the jaded Mwangi yet the storm never abated. Bernard Ocheing’ watched in disbelief as Mboya went full stretch to his left to parry his header from Okullo’s delivery.
Mboya was again at his brilliant best moments later to keep out Masinza’s low drive at his near post. Then the moment Mathare United silently craved arrived from the ensuing counter attack.
Cliff Nyakeya set Seda feinting towards the right byline. He did well to arrive early and sent a centre towards Alwanga whose glancing header gave Tiema no chance in goal.
A late surge by Manoah’s charges was futile as the Slum Boys defended diligently to start the season on a winning note.
The win takes us to fifth place with three points.
Starting XI: 1. Robert Mboya, 16. David Owino, 25. Samuel Olwande, 6. George Owino (C), 19. Johnstone Omurwa, 5. Francis Omondi, 4. Edward Seda, 29. Chrispin Oduor, 13. John Mwangi (69' 2. Daniel Mwaura), 11. Cliff Nyakeya, 21. Clifford Alwanga (81' 9. Chris Ochieng)
Unused Subs: 30. Job Ochieng’, 28. Gilbert Osonga, 15. Ronald Reagan ’, 22. Roy Okal, 10. Ahmed Ahmad