Mathare United's losing streak was stretched to three matches after going down 2-3 to an obdurate Western Stima side in a Round 11 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday 13 May.
Bernard Ondiek was the hero for the hosts stepping off the bench to nod in a late winner in what was virtually the last touch of the ball. Ondiek's goal ensured that Chrsipin Oduor's brace for the Slum Boys was reduced to a mere consolation as the visitors suffered their third defeat in a row.
Both sides came into this match in despearate need of a win to improve their ranking on the log but it was the hosts who started brightly. It was no surprise when Otieno broke the deadlock early on. The burly winger did well to tap in from close range in the third time of asking after Levis Opiyo pulled top drawer saves to deny him twice.
Otuoma could have added to Otieno's seventh minute opener but Opiyo showed great awareness to tip his dipping cross over the bar for a fruitless corner. Persistent pressure from Henry Omino's charges saw Otieno steal possession at the middle of the park before racing past Lennox Ogutu but his shot missed the target narrowly with Opiyo well beaten.
The visitors sought to recover from their poor start at the quarter hour mark when George Owino released Moses Mburu on the left flank and the wing back did well to find Cliff Nyakeya with a low cross. However Nyakeya blazed his effort over the bar. Then against the run of play, Mathare United grabbed the equalizer in the 26th minute after Vitalis Akumu fouled Nyakeya who was played clean through on goal by a lovely ball over the top by Oduor.
Oduor sauntered to the penalty spot with the composure of a man on an afternoon stroll and dispatched his effort past a hapless Samuel Odhiambo. Frederick Nyarombo sought to restoire his side's lead on the other end but his header was well saved by Opiyo after he connected to Otuoma's cross.
Six minutes after the hour mark, yet another brilliant save from Opiyo this time from Victor Oduor's solid header kept us in the game as Western Stima piled more pressure. The hosts were making good use of the speedy Otuoma on the right as an attacking outlet and Francis Kimanzi sought to make ammends by introducing David Oiwno for Mburu.
Owino's first touch was a poor one as he gifted Otieno a goal scoring chance with a backpass but Opiyo did well to come out of his line to narrow his angle towards goal. The danger was not over yet as Otieno crossed the ball to Moses Arita who played a clever cutback into the path of Otuoma whose shot towards gola was blocked by Andrew Juma.
The restart saw Mathare United first off the blocks with Nyakeya stinging the palms of Samuel Odhiambo with a venomous volley. The bright start saw the Slum Boys take the lead shortly afterwards when Chrsipin Oduor beat Odhiambo from close range with a clever finsih after Alphonce Ndonye played him through with a lofted pass.
In a bid to lock the game and protect his lead, Kimanzi swapped Ndonye and Derrick Nzosi with Abubakar Keya and Martin Ongori yet it was the hosts who looked dangerous in attack. Otuoma particularly was dangerous on the right and he punished us once again in the 68th minute when he delivered a searching cross into the area that was tapped in by an advancing Moses Arita.
Omino was not content with a draw having gone for nine matches without a win. He played his last card introducing Bernard Ondieki and Herbert Kopany. Kopany combined well with Otieno to set up for Otuoma but the latter's shot was saved by Opiyo at his near post.
Then in injury time, Ondieki delivered the moment Western Stima sliently craved. It was Otuoma who did the damage on the right feinting past David Owino and pciking out Ondiek who headed neatly past Opiyo.
The result leaves Mathare United 15th on the log with nine points, one above the relgation zone.