Mathare United defender Johnstone Omurwa relishes Allan Wanga challenge

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Omurwa is hoping that he will replicate the first leg performance at the Bukhungu on Saturday

Johnstone Omurwa is looking to mark his 20th birthday with a solid defensive display when Mathare United hosts Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday.

Omurwa is set to make his 25th appearance of the season but of immediate importance for the young defender is to help Mathare keep a clean sheet by stopping Homeboyz proven goal scorer, Allan Wanga.

Omurwa is hoping that he will replicate the first leg performance at the Bukhungu Stadium that saw the Slum Boys keep a clean sheet as both sides shared the spoils following a barren draw.

 “It is a good challenge because he is one of the best strikers in Kenya. He is very strong in the air and also technically he is very good. He can shoot from any angle so you can’t give him space when marking him.”

According to the youngster, a reprise is in the offing tomorrow at the Kenyatta Stadium as he is expected to play in the heart of defence against Wanga.

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“I enjoyed playing against him in the first leg because I was also playing in my hometown (Kakamega). No defender likes conceding so we will be out to keep a clean sheet. I can’t wait to face him!” Omurwa told mathareunitedfc.co.ke.

“I have really improved due to regular playing time. I am happy that the coach has shown a lot of confidence in me and I always work hard to repay him with good performances on the pitch. I have enjoyed my first season in the KPL.”

Mathare are eighth on the log and a victory will revive their hopes of a top-eight finish.

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