By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)
Roy Okal’s maiden goal for Mathare United wasn’t enough for the three points as the Slum Boys’ trip to Kericho County returned a 1-1 draw against hosts Zoo Kericho.
The midfielder has produced above average performances since joining Mathare in January 2017 but scoring has never never counted as one of his strengths. He was the lone scorer here though as he lobbed the ball past Martin Elungat to give Mathare the lead just a minute shy of the half hour mark.
There were chances for Mathare’s Clifford Alwanga and Zoo’s Nicholas Kipkirui in a frenetic start to the match. Okal did well to beat the hosts’ offside trap and direct home a perfect pass from Chrispin Oduor.
Kipkirui missed yet another chance after being fed by Mike Madoya while a goalmouth melee ended with Mathare not conceding as they went for the break leading.
The second half started with yet another opportunity for Kipkirui but while he did well this time round, he was denied by David Okello who made a good save. Zoo almost always score at home and they bucked that trend here when, in the 52nd minute, Kipkirui nodded the ball into Johnstone Ligare‘s path and the attacker side-footed into an empty net.
Ahmed Ahmad had the chance to pull his side back in the lead but missed a one-on-one chance with the keeper. Zoo pressed for their maiden win agains the Slum Boys but couldn’t make Okello work further despite winning two free-kicks just outside the area, both slammed into the wall by Madoya and Isaac Kipyegon.
Neither of the teams must have felt they deserved more the match as the final whistle rung. The result keeps Zoo 13th on 33 points while Mathare are 7th on 39.
In another match on the day, bottom side Thika United were beaten 1-0 by Vihiga United.