Mathare come from behind to hold Vihiga United in Kakamega

Mathare United came from two goals down to end their Sunday Kenyan Premier League face-off with Vihiga United 2-2 at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

United had done themselves well to score two goals through Luvanda Lawrence and Wafula Dennis but a late rally from the visitors birthed two goals from Nyakeya Cliff and Omurwa Johnstone.

The point being new coach Sammy Okoth's first points on the board for Vihiga since taking over from Zoo FC earlier in the week.

Quick start

Vihiga United started the quicker of the two sides, with long searching balls aimed at the center of Mathare's defending duo of Johnstone Omurwa and Juma Roma. One of these, in the 7th minute bore a foul after United skipper Kigadi Amos had been fouled in the air.

Youngster Lawrence Luvanda- on loan from AFC Leopards, stood behind the ball and upon firing in the free-kick, beat Allan Owing in goal for Mathare United.

The visitors' response was a tame James Kinyanjui run in the box that was brought to an end by an alert Levis Opiyo in goal for Vihiga.

Ben Ochieng went into the referee's book soon after for a professional foul on Cliff Nyakeya. The 2018 midfielder of the year had threatened to break away against an outnumbered Vihiga defense when this happened.

The home side were forced into an early first half change when Alex Imbusia's knock against James Situma rendered him ineffective and Dennis Wafula took his place in the 34th minute.

Lawrence Luvanda celebrates his opener in the match [IMAGE-Fabian Odhiambo]

Vihiga, took a 1-0 lead into the break.

The second half began with a change, Klinsmann Omulanga taking up Alfred Ndonye's place as coach Francis Kimanzi sought to attack more. Omulanga's 59th-minute long-range effort, climbing over the woodwork, was Mathare's first attempt in the second half.

Three minutes later, Mike Isabwa had an open goalmouth begging but he could not put the hosts two up. This was after some neat work from Dennis Wafula from the right flank and Isabwa chose to ram the cut-back cross right into Owiny.

2-0 to Vihiga

A goal however, came, from Wafula himself taking charge of a 67th minute attack. Having been set up by Kigadi, the speedy forward rounded up Owiny before slotting home for 2-0.

Coach Sammy Okoth threw in Ademba Victor for Kevin Muhanji and from the opposite dugout emerged Kenya U17 skipper Arnold Omondi coming in for Roy Okal.

And just as United were heading for a comfortable win, Mathare piled on the pressure in the last 10 minutes and got deserved goals from Nyakeya in the 80th minute and Omurwa deep in stoppage time to deny new head coach Sammy Okoth from beginning his tenure at Vihiga with a win.