Alwanga fires Mathare to first win of season

Clifford Alwanga scored with a late header to hand Mathare United a full share of the spoils as the Slum Boys picked a 2 – 1 win over Ulinzi Stars on Match Day 3 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Saturday 21 September.

Earlier in the second half George Omondi flicked a header past his own keeper to hand Mathare United the lead but that was later canceled out by Daniel Waweru’s sumptuous free kick from 20 yards out.

Ulinzi Stars wasteful

Ulinzi Stars had a flurry of first half chances that they failed to bury, with Oscar Wamalwa, the man picked to lead the attack for the Soldiers mainly culpable. 

At one point in the game Wamalwa had a one on one with Job Ochieng in the Mathare United goal after a misjudged cross but the keeper recovered well to pick the ball at the striker’s feet.

The Ulinzi forward also had a weak call for a penalty waved away after dropping in the box under little pressure from Mathare United defender Harun Junior.

Mathare United were seemingly saving their best for the second half and just four minutes in, they took the lead, albeit through Ulinzi defence George Omondi who flicked past his on rushing keeper Timothy Odhiambo and under pressure from Mathare’s David Owino.

Ulinzi pulled one back on 73minutes after Daniel Waweru picked out Job Ochieng with a free kick following a foul on Elvis Nandwa.

Nandwa should have put Ulinzi ahead two minutes later but shot weakly and straight at Ochieng when well placed and Alwanga’s sucker punch followed shortly afterwards.

Alwanga winner

A free kick won on the left courtesy of a foul on James Kinyanjui, was floated in by skipper Kevin Kimani, and another miscommunication in the Ulinzi defence allowed Alwanga not just a free header, but with a gaping goal in his full view. He made no mistake.

With the win, Mathare United went top of the log, ahead of the other weekend matches, having picked five points from their opening three matches, while Ulinzi stayed rooted at fourth with as many points.