AFC Leopards 0-0 Mathare United: Ingwe held by 'Slum Boys'
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Both sides came into the match desperate for victory after a poor run in the past Kenyan league matches

Mathare United held hosts AFC Leopards to a barren draw at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.

Both sides came into the match desperate for victory after a poor run in the past matches. The hosts under new Romanian coach Dorian Marin started the match well putting the 'slum boys' under pressure early on. Vincent Oburu, who was making his first league start for Ingwe, could have given his side the lead in the 10th minute.

The youngster managed to beat goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya, fortunately for the latter, Martin Ongori was there to bail him out. Play was halted for several minutes after defender Dennis Sikhayi fouled Daniel Mwaura, with the former getting a caution for the challenge with fifteen minutes played.

When play eventually resumed, seemingly both sides resorted to play cautiously. David Owino forced Ian Otieno to a fine save in 26th minute after the defenders were caught napping, but it was Kasaya, once again, who made another blunder that could have cost his team.

The former Leopards man gave Oburu possession in the dangerous area as he tried to clear the ball, but he recovered to send the ball out for a fruitless corner. Musa Mudde was introduced in place of Andrew Tololwa as the first half came to a close, with Ingwe guilty of missing several opportunities.

Kasaya was replaced by Levis Opiyo after the break, but it was the hosts, who once again had an impact. Mudde did well to find Haron Nyakha in the danger zone, but new man Samuel Olwande managed to stop the youngster from pulling the trigger, sending the ball to corner which was eventually collected by Opiyo.

Samuel Ndung'u came in to take Gilberto Fiamenyo's position in the 54th minute, and two minutes later, he did well to find Oburu in a good area, but the latter shot agonizingly wide with the goalkeeper stranded. It was obviously a one way traffic with Oburu the culprit, as he wasted one chance after another.

It was the same case in the 62nd minute as he failed to beat Opiyo in a one on one situation. It could have been costly as the opponents broke from their own half, winning a free-kick in the danger zone that unfortunately missed the target. All in all nothing could separate the two sides after 90 minutes, as both teams resorted to share the spoils.

But it was Ingwe fans, who felt undone by the many chances their team squandered.

AFC Leopards: Ian Otieno, Denis Sikhayi, Joshua Mawira, Salim Abdalla, Robinson Kamura, Bernard Mang'oli, Duncan Otieno, Andrew Tolololwa, Gilbert Fiamenyo, Harun Nyakha and Vincent Oburu,

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Subs: Mike Kibwage, Samuel Ndung'u, Marcellus Ingotsi, Edwin Mukolwe, Jackson Juma, Mussa Mudde and Wanami Lewis.

Mathare United: Wycliffe Kasaya (GK), Samuel Olwande, Martin Ongori, George Owino (C), Lennox Ogutu, Roy Okal, Chrispin Oduor, Alphonce Ndonye, Daniel Mwaura, David Owino and Chris Ochieng’.

Subs: Levis Opiyo (GK), Andrew Juma, Abubakar Keya, Harrison Mwendwa, Tyson Otieno, John Mwangi and Elijah Mwanzia.

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