KCB compound relegation-threatened Mathare to 10th consecutive defeat

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FKFPL KCB compound relegation-threatened Mathare to 10th consecutive defeat

Mark Kinyanjui 17:20 - 27.05.2023

Mathare United were made to pay for failing to take advantage of their chances in the opening 60 minutes.

Mathare United's survival hopes were dealt a major blow, as they came short to KCB 1-0 in a league match played at the Ruaraka grounds on Saturday.

Charles Korea Omondi's charges came into this fixture knowing a win was non-negotiable if they were to stand a chance of moving out of the relegation places, given they were the side with more to lose in comparison to Zedekiah Zico Otieno’s charges.

Both teams started fairly evenly in the opening 20 minutes, but KCB gradually gained better momentum and should have taken the lead in the 21st minute.

Musa Masika rattled the crossbar from close range after Mathare were unable to properly deal with a loose ball in the area.

It sprung the game into life. Just a minute later, a neat one two on the right wing for Mathare allowed Curtis Wekesa to whip a cross in but Ronald Bebeto Sichenje was unable to connect with the ball.

With the game quickly becoming end to end, Mathare’s Derrick Ikholi was booked for a foul on KCB striker Nicholas Kipkirui.

In the 31st minute, the Slum Boys custodian Brian Opiyo performed a double save to deny the Bankers another chance of taking the lead.

In the 36th minute, KCB keeper Bryne Omondi was second to get onto the referee’s notebook for an infringement after he appeared to handle the ball outside his box.

Bebeto could have put Mathare ahead in the 39th minute when he pounced on a poor clearance inside the KCB area but was unable to score with his shot striking the upright.

Mathare nearly scored again just before the break. Another chance went begging when Baron Oketch was denied by Byrne Omondi after racing through on goal. Mathare were certainly huffing and puffing now.

In the second half, Mathare continued being the team most likely to take the lead, as the KCB defense was getting stretched by Wekesa and Okech down the flanks.

However, KCB would take the lead against the run of play through Musa Masika’s free kick, with the former Wazito man getting his first for the club since signing mid-season.

The game after that resembled a damp squib, becoming very even by nature with no team creating inroads in any other team’s defensive half.

Mathare had a chance to level the scores in stoppage time though a freekick, but they could not convert it, and the game ended 1-0 in favor of KCB.

Line ups:

KCB XI: Bryne Omondi, Kevin Okumu, Erikson Mulu, Maurice Owino, Harrif Wesonga, Apollo Otieno, Harrison Mwendwa (Bramwel Chemweno 62’), Ndenga Harrison, Nicholas Kipkirui, Mohammed Kilume (Henry Ochieng 62’) , Musa Masika

Mathare United XI: Brian Olang'o, Francis Wasike, Gideon Were,Geoffrey Shiveka,Godfrey Ochieng', Derrick Ikholi( Khalid Jumaan 82’), Meshack Muyonga, Curtis Wekesa, Ronald Bebeto (Tony Odhiambo (Fidel Otieno 82’) ), Daniel Otieno, Baron Oketch (Chris Opondo 72’).