Mathare United win promotion to FKF Premier League after beating Darajani Gogo

Mathare United win promotion to FKF Premier League after beating Darajani Gogo

Festus Chuma 16:00 - 14.06.2024

Mathare United have secured promotion back to FKF Premier League after a decisive victory over Darajani Gogo ending their one-season absence.

Mathare United have roared back into FKF Premier League after one season in the cold, defeating Darajani Gogo 3-0 in a National Super League (NSL) match at Dandora Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Slum Boys needed just a single point to secure promotion, having been awarded two points from an appeal against Rainbow FC, but they went above and beyond to seal their return with a resounding win.

The appeal stemmed from a complaint lodged by Mathare United with the FKF Leagues and Competitions Committee, alleging that Rainbow FC had fielded two ineligible technical bench members during their clash on May 26.

The committee's decision to award Mathare two points significantly boosted their promotion bid.

In the match against Darajani Gogo, Mathare went ahead in the 15th minute when Meschack Ochieno netted his 12th goal of the season.

Ochieno capitalized on a defensive miscommunication by the visitors slotting the ball home from close range to give the Slum Boys an early lead.

The second goal came in the 79th minute, with Steve Kimari converting a penalty to double Mathare's advantage.

Fidel Otieno put the icing on the cake with a third goal in the last minute of the game, ensuring an emphatic 3-0 victory for Mathare United.

With this win, Mathare United topped the National Super League standings with 79 points, followed closely by Mara Sugar with 78 points while Naivas and Nairobi United trailed with 67 and 66 points, respectively.

Both Mathare United and Mara Sugar secured automatic promotion to the FKF Premier League, with Mara Sugar clinching their ticket the previous week.

Mathare United's relegation last year ended a remarkable 25-year stint in the top flight, a period marked by numerous achievements and memorable moments.

The club's illustrious past is filled with nostalgia, particularly their golden days in 1998 when they lifted the Moi Golden Cup and 2008 when they were crowned FKF Premier League champions.

The yellow and green-blended team, renowned for their captivating brand of total football, left opponents in awe and established themselves as a formidable force.

The Slum Boys' success was a testament to the dedication and prowess of both the players and coaching staff.

Beyond their on-pitch achievements, Mathare United has had a significant impact off the field.

The club has been a breeding ground for nurturing both footballers and referees, producing scholars, role models, and administrators who have gone on to make meaningful contributions to society.

Notable figures who honed their skills at Mathare United include Simon Mulama, Titus Mulama, Arnold Origi, and Dennis Oliech, among many others.

The club has also been a stepping stone for esteemed coaches such as David Ouma, Francis Kimanzi, William Muluya, Ezekiel Akwana, Stanley Okumbi, Salim Ali, and Anthony Kimani.

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