Mathare hold Gor to league draw No7


NAIROBI, Kenya, April 4- Ten-man Mathare United moved from the basement of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after holding Gor Mahia to a 1-1 stalemate at City Stadium on Wednesday.

Both goals went in the first half with Ramah Salim giving Gor the lead on six minutes before Mathare’s top scorer, Francis Ouma netted his fourth of the season on 29 to salvage a point.

Mathare’s Anthony Khadudu was sent-off in the closing minutes of the match but the slum boys held on to move off the bottom on goals scored as Gor’s search for a second league win continued.

The match at City saw both teams parade their new coaches as Gor’s Croat Zdravko Lugarusic squared off with Stanley Okumbi who lined up on the opposite dug out.

Lugarusic was the happier in the opening exchanges as Salim, an acquisition from the relegated Congo United beat Mathare keeper Joseph Ruto who punched the ball into his path from a shot.

Mathare then gradually took charge of the midfield and levelled the scores when a quick counter attack by Innocent Mutiso saw the ball end up with former Harambee Stars striker Ouma who equalised to leave the sides tied at the break.

The biggest talking point of the second half that failed to produce further goals was the sending off of Khadudu for a reckless challenge two minutes from time.

This was Gor’s seventh draw of the campaign and they remain winless in the league since the opening day where they beat Thika United 2-0.

K’Ogalo who were tipped to challenge for the title pre-season moved up to 12th in the log led by archrivals AFC Leopards who are yet to taste defeat this term.