After 11 winless matches, the smile is back at Kariobangi Sharks after holding off the 2008 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Mathare United, and winning 3 – 2 in the Wednesday 8 May league match staged at Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
Last season’s top scorer Erick Kapaito put Sharks in the lead on the half hour mark after racing in well to poke home Eric Juma’s cross from the left channel.
Just before the teams headed to the break, former Mathare United midfielder Duke Abuya came through with the second goal to hand Sharks a commanding lead heading to the break.
The jitters were however back when in just the 47th minute, Cliffo0rd Alwanga lashed home Mathare’s first to halve the scores after being picked out by James Kinyanjui’s cross.
Sharks would introduce Julius Masaba on the hour mark and this proved to be a good change just 10 minutes in, as he popped up with the goal that restored the two – goal cushion.
Two minutes later the favor switched Mathare United’s way as Boniface Onyango handled in the box to give away a penalty, which Cliff Nyakeya swept home.
Masaba should have restored the two – goal lead in the 79th minute but his shot hit the bar.
Vihiga United 0 – 2 Bandari
Meanwhile, in Kakamega, Bandari FC claimed a 2 – 0 win at Bukhungu Stadium.
Ugandan playmaker William Wadri handed Bandari the lead with a 70th minute free kick and the three points were safely tucked home by goalkeeper Farouk Shikhalo, whose long punt forward caught the Vihiga defence and keeper out of place to sail right to the net.