Mathare United football club secured a 2-1 victory over Gor Mahia football club in a Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKF-PL) rescheduled match that was staged at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday 1st March 2023.
Douglas Kibet gave Mathare United an early lead in the 8th minute after capitalizing on a rebound that hit the woodwork. The 19-time Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia were upset by Kibet’s early goal and pulled up their socks.
Kogalo fans nearly had reason to smile with only two minutes remaining for the break after their point man Benson Omalla scored an equalizer luckily for Mathare he was in an offside position and therefore goal didn’t count.
Benson Omala brought back Kogalo to the game in the 65th minute when he netted an equalizer for Gor via a header after Austin Odhiambo delivered a brilliant freekick in the box before Daniel Otieno came off the bench and scored a winner for Mathare united in the 83rd minute.
The victory pushed Mathare to 15th place on the log having accumulated a total of 16 points in 16 league matches this season.
Mathare United tactician Samuel Koko was pleased by the results and appreciated his boys for displaying good performance.
“The game was really good today. Normally when you want to win you have to play better than your opponent and we really worked hard for the win today which helps us in our quest to avoid relegation. Overall, I am pleased with the performance of the whole team,”Mathare United’s coach Samuel Koko
Similarly, Gor Mahia’s coach Jonathan McKinstry also lauded Mathare for collecting three points in the game.
“Congratulations to Mathare because they played really well. We cannot complain about the results today as we were a bit flat and below our levels. Overall it is a disappointing day for us but we cannot take away anything from them,” Johnathan McKinstry said.
Brian Olang’o (GK), Fidel Otieno, Joseph Odhiambo, Brian Okeyo (David Ochieng 49′), Were Gideon, Khalid Jumaan, Curtis Wekesa, Derrick Ikholi, Kimani Steve (Daniel Otieno 52′), Chris Opondo, Douglas Koech
Gad Mathew (GK), Philemon Otieno, Geoffrey Ochieng, Joshua Onyango, Dennis Ng’ang’a, Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo (Boniface Omondi 46′), Alpha Onyango, Benson Omala, Peter Lwasa ( John Macharia 46′), Lloyd Khavuchi (Austin Ochieng 27′)