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Mathare back in the grove as Gor shares spoils

Mathare United James Kinyanjui Tyrus Otieno and Kevin Kimani celebrates a goal. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 29 – Mathare United returned to winning ways in a scintillating fashion after handing Nzoia Sugar a 4-0 beating while champions Gor Mahia were held to a 1-1 draw by Posta Rangers in the two Kenyan Premier League matches played Sunday in various venues across the country.

At the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Mathare United ended a two-match winless run to climb a position in the table, occupying ninth position while Nzoia picked their third straight defeat, stretching their winless run to 11 matches and inch closer to relegation spot.

The win for Mathare United saw them bounce back from a 3-0 drubbing to AFC Leopards last weekend.

Nzoia Sugar’s Kevin Juma controls the ball away from Mathare United’s James Kinyanjui. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHATA

Experienced Clifford Alwanga gave Mathare the lead in the 37th minute to ensure the Slum Boys headed to the interval in the driving seat.

Mathare returned rejuvenated in the second half adding three more goals thanks to Daniel Otieno who stroke eight minutes in the half time, James Kinyanjui netted the third in the 71st minute while Otieno sealed the win two minutes later.

Gor held-

Gor Mahia players line up before the Mashemeji Derby on November 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

In the other fixture of the day, Gor Mahia who were without the head coach Steven Polack and forwards Francis Afriyie as well as well as well as Ivorian Gislain Yikpe, settled for a draw with skipper Kenneth Muguna coming to their rescue at the jaws of Posta Rangers.

After a goalless draw in the first half, hosts Rangers took the lead in the 56th minute through Joseph Mbugu from the penalty spot.

With Rangers destined to pick the entire points, Muguna was to rescue Gor with a goal five minutes from time in the absence of head coach Pollack who is away on holiday.

With the draw, Gor extended their lead at the top of the log with one point above second-placed Tusker FC who have played two games more.

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