Obadiah Ndege hammered home his fifth goal of the season as Mathare United got a perfect response to the defeat they suffered in midweek, beating Ushuru FC 1-0 at the Nyayo Stadium on Sunday, April 3.
Ndege converted a spot kick at the stroke of half time after a second handball offence inside the Ushuru penalty area, Jacktone Onjala the culprit.
Ushuru, 2-1 winners at Muhoroni Youth last Wednesday, controlled the early exchanges with the industrious Aziz Okaka hitting the side-netting from a Roosevel Blaty cross inside two minutes.
Ndege could have grabbed his goal earlier but his 10th minute effort came off the woodwork after a goalkeeping error from Ushuru’s Ali Kimera.
Ushuru captain Charles Okwemba thought he had gotten his second goal of the season but his goal halfway into the match was adjudged offside although replays suggested otherwise.
The two sides continued having a go at each other with Ndege leading the assault for Mathare against his former employers while Okaka was winning and losing his battle with center-half Dennis ‘Wise’ Owino on the other end.
A barren stalemate looked the most likely half time result until Ndege’s spot kick gave the Slum Boys a half time advantage.
Francis Kimanzi’s side created two quick chances after the interval, the highlight being Alphonse Ndonye’s effort which Kimera dived low to save. Ushuru wasted a brilliant chance to draw level in the 54th minute when Okaka failed to get the faintest of touches on Blaty’s cross with the goal at his mercy.
Eric Johanna almost found Kimera’s far post later on while Maurice Odipo headed just over in a goalless second half.
The result saw Mathare go joint first with Tusker FC ahead of AFC Leopards’ clash with Nairobi City Stars later on in the day.
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