Mathare United’s winless run stretched to five games after they were held to a barren draw by Zoo FC on Sunday.
The ‘Slum Boys’ lost ground with league leaders Bandari FC after dropping point for the fifth time; leaving them just one point ahead of Gor Mahia, who beat Sofapaka by a solitary goal.
After going down 4-1 to Sofapaka last time out, Francis Kimanzi thought that four changes in his starting squad would bring the ever-elusive victory, at last, after he handed Ronald Reagan, Arnold Onyango and John Mwangi their first league starts with Daniel Mwaura also earning his second appearance.
But Zoo capitalized on the lack of cohesion in the Mathare United squad to squeeze a point at the Kericho Green Stadium. Mathare United could have gone down early in the first half had Bernard Odhiambo been a little clinical.
The forward found himself in a one on one situation with Allan Owiny, but the custodian did well to rescue Mathare United with a save and Kepha Ondari powered his effort wide from the resultant rebound.
The ‘Slum Boys’ made a meaningful attack on Zoo but Reagan’s powerful shot was dealt with by Martin Elungat, who parried it for a corner. Mathare United, however, failed to utilize on the corner-kick and they were lucky to have been saved by Owiny after Ondari launched a deadly counter-attack.
Zoo, despite being several places adrift of Mathare United, who are second on the log; never allowed the log standings to intimidate them. The Kericho-based side came back into the second half with even more vigor to take the lead.
Onda's header missed the target by a few inches as Zoo won a free-kick in a promising position, just two minutes after the restart. Zoo sat back to absorb pressure as Mathare United pushed for a goal.
Despite both teams making several changes in the second half, none of the sides would bulge as they settled for a 0-0 draw in Kericho.
Mathare United XI: 26. Allan Owiny, David Owino, James Situma, Johnstone Omurwa, Andrew Juma, Roy Okal, Chrispin Oduor, Arnold Onyango, Daniel Mwaura, John Mwangi and Ronald Reagan.
Zoo FC XI: Martin Elungat, Johnson Ligare, Sindani Sibiri, Amakanji Japheth, Gichana Geoffrey, Chetambe Danson, Kepha Ondati, Stanlaus Akiya, Newton Ondari, Odhiambo Bernard and Omondi Kevin.