Mathare fights back to draw at Vihiga as Sofapaka keep title hopes alive
Late goals from Johnstone Omurwa and Cliff Nyakeya saw Mathare United fight from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Vihiga United at the Bukhungu Stadium
Late goals from Johnstone Omurwa and Cliff Nyakeya saw Mathare United fight from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Vihiga United at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega. Vihiga looked on coirse for a 2-1 win even after Nyakeya had grabbed one for Mathare, but they let their eyes off the prize to concede late.
With Victory, Vihiga would have moved three points off relegation but the draw now leaves them just one point off the bottom two.
Elsewhere, Sofapaka moved top of the standings temporarily with a 1-0 win over Sony Sugar at the Awendo Stadium courtesy of Umaru Kassumba’s penalty. The victory sees Batoto ba Mungu go top with 48 points, three ahead of Gor Mahia.
Meanwhile, Mathare still with a mathematical but practically difficult chance to vie for the league title went in away from home searching for a second consecutive victory. However, they found themselves trailing after just eight minutes with Lawrence Luvanda hitting a wonderful freekick from the edge of the box.
Mathare pushed for an equalizer and had late chances with Omurwa’s header from the edge of the sox yard box off a Cliff Nyakeya freekick going inches over the bar while James Kinyanjui forced the Vihiga keeper to a good save with a low shot a minute to the break.
In the second half, Vihiga came in with their efforts arrowed at sealing the victory and in the 63rd minute, Mike Isabwa forced keeper Allan Owiny to a good save after connecting to a Wafula cross.
Wafula took matters into his own hands four minutes later, when he side stepped Owiny to easily tap into the box after a quick change of passes with Amos Kigadi.
The Mathare never say die attitude saw them fight for a point with Nyakeya getting one back nine minutes to time with a well taken shot. Omurwa then ensured the points were shared with a low shot from the edge of the box.