Tyson Otieno the Hero as The Sharks Tear Mathare United in the Slum Derby

Tyson Otieno’s brace was enough to earn us a 2-1 victory against Mathare United in an FKF Premier League round 27 fixture played at the Kasarani Annex.

Coach William Muluya made three changes to the team that started in our loss against City Stars with Kevin Otiala making a comeback to skipper the side at the expense of Collins Obanda.  The other changes of the day were Matthew Kibiwott and Paul Odhiambo for Frederick Alushula and Isaac Wasambo respectively.

The hosts started strongly creating the first chance of the match when Curtis Wekesa dispossesed Keith Imbali to tee up Daniel Otieno who blasted the ball over the bar to the relief of Imbali.

This event characterized the first quarter of the game where Mathare United had the best chances to score but failed to capitalize.

Sharks first shot on target came in the 20th minute when Keith Imbali tested Omar Adisa from range with the shot turning out to be catching practice for the experienced custodian.

We pilled more pressure and it bore fruit in 22nd minute when Keith Imbali was brought down in the area after a round of intricate and sleek passes with the referee pointing to the spot without hesitation. Tyson Otieno stepped up and was equal to the challenge putting us in the lead by slotting home on the left of the goalkeeper.

However, the lead barely lasted three minutes as Kevin-Luke Otiala fouled Daniel Otieno in the 18 yard box and Mathare had a penalty of their own. Curtis Wekesa stepped up and restored parity in the 27th minute after beating our custodian on his low right.

The game was all square at the break and each team had everything to play for in the second half.

Coach William Muluya made the first change at the beginning of the second period replacing Paul Odhiambo with Isaac Wasambo.

The Sharks started the second half on the strong foot piling pressure on the Mathare United defence which eventually paid off in the 53rd minute.

Tyson Otieno’s cross from the left wing caused the Mathare Unite defense problems resulting in a penalty from a Gideon Were handball.

Once again, Tyson took the mandate to take the penalty and slotted in our second in the 54th minute.

We held onto the lead to the final whistle which saw us end our 4 games winless run. The win sees us maintain the 11th spot with 36 points from 27 games.

Focus now shifts to our Mozzart Bet Cup quarter final match against Kakamega Homeboyz that will be played Sunday from 1PM.

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