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Sofapaka v Mathare United Match Report, 02/02/2020

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Sofapaka 1-1 Mathare United: Nana strikes late to deny the visitors
12:25 GMT 02/02/2020
Sofapaka v Mathare United.
The visitors were the better side but failed to capitalize on the chances created and ended up sharing the spoils

Sofapaka were held to a 1-1 draw by Mathare United in their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played on Sunday in a soggy Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Dani Lual scored for the Slum Boys before Batoto ba Mungu equalized courtesy of Jedinak Nana with five minutes to full-time.

The 2008 league champions started the game on a high despite the condition of the pitch with the hosts struggling to cope.

Youngster James Kinyanjui was slipped into the dangerous area, and he managed to create space before shooting but goalkeeper Richard Aimo ensured the ball did not hit the back of the net.

After a quarter of an hour, Sammy Imbuye had to be in a good place to stop Daniel Otieno who had managed to get the ball in a promising position. The midfielder managed to read the movement well before clearing the danger.

The 2009 league champions had a chance of their own in the 24th minute when Elli Asieche crossed the ball in a good area. Brian Kayanja managed to head it in but Kevin Kimani was in the right place to ensure his team does not concede early.

Kayanja had a chance to score for his side in the stroke of half-time when he received the ball in a good position. However, his well taken shot narrowly missed the target.

In the 46th minute, Faina Jacobs handled the ball in the danger zone after Kinyanjui crossed the ball into the danger zone, but much to the dismay of the visitors, the referee went for a corner kick and Batoto ba Mungu escaped punishment.

The Slum Boys finally got an opener in the 53rd minute when Kevin Kimani brought in a good cross from the right; and poor communication between Aimo and Jacobs allowed Dani Lual to head the ball in and score his second goal in as many games.

After an hour, Asieche had a chance of equalizing when he went past his marker just out of the 18-yard, but his fierce strike just found the side of the net. As the match progressed, Sofapaka looked more dangerous, but the Slum Boys defended well.

Goalkeeper Job Ochieng mistimed a cross in the 78th minute and ended up fouling Collins Wakhungu. The officials ignored the incident, and the Slum Boys survived.

Sofapaka deservedly equalized in the 86th minute; a long ball from the back was picked up by Asieche who passed the ball to an unmarked Jedinak Nana who controlled the ball before scoring in an empty net.