Mathare United came from two goals down to claim a point against Wazito FC in a league match played on Saturday.
The Frank Ouna led side had gone nine matches without a win, losing eight of those as compared to the 2008 league champions, who had won just one of their last twelve matches.
It was the hosts, who settled fast, trying to go for an early goal as the ‘slum boys’ struggled to get their feet into the match.
Wazito's good play paid off in the tenth minute; former Mathare United man Derrick Onyango was slipped in the danger zone, his initial shot was well handled by David Okello but the defenders failed to clear it.
Luck was on the forwards side as his teammates deflected effort fell on his path and he managed to guide it home to give his side a lead. In the fourteenth minute, Wazito was awarded a free-kick in a promising position, but Joackim Omollo's effort flew wide.
The lads produced a remarkable comeback to register a 3-3 draw with Wazito at the Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday.
Klinsman Omulanga came off the bench to notch the equalizer late into the match. Cliff Nyakeya also grabbed a brace, finding the net on either side. pic.twitter.com/ye15suqf0i — Mathare United FC (@MathareUtd) July 14, 2018
The ‘slum boys’ continued struggling but they managed to get into the game in the 34th minute. A long ball by James Situma fell on John Mwangi whose effort came off Martin Musalia, unfortunately for the latter, the ball went straight to Cliff Nyakeya, who did well to level the scores.
The score line stayed even for just about 90 seconds; Wazito took the lead this time round courtesy of Edwin Lavatsa. The ball was blocked well by the goalkeeper but the defenders, once again, failed to clear it giving the former Gor Mahia man an opportunity to hit the back of the net.
Hard fighting Mathare United came back stronger after the break, but it was Wazito again who scored a third in the 53rd minute, with Ochieng finding Onyango in the eighteen yard area.
A throw in by David Owino in the 73rd minute was well controlled by Chrispine Oduor, who found Nyakeya in the danger zone, and the former Gor Mahia Youth player made it 3-2.
With the match seemingly ending in favour of Wazito, substitute Klinsman Omulanga had other ideas. The ball went out for a throw in, and Owino threw it to Oduor, who chested it down for Omulanga to bang home the leveler and salvage a point for his team.
Mathare United XI: 18. David Okello (GK) 25. Samuel Olwande 20. Martin Ongori 6. George Owino (C) 28. James Situma 5. Francis Omondi 8. Alphonse Ndonye 29. Chrispin Oduor 11. Cliff Nyakeya 13.John Mwangi 21. Clifford Alwanga,
Subs: 30. Job Ochieng’ (GK) 16. David Owino 19.Johnstone Omurwa 22. Roy Okal 15. Ronald Reagan 27. Tyson Otieno 24. Klinsmann Omulanga.