Mathare United will on Saturday host Posta Rangers in a BetKing Premier League (BPL) round 22 encounter to be staged at the Ruaraka grounds and after shocking AFC Leopards earlier in the week, a different kind of pressure is now on them to show that they have turned the corner.
The 1-0 win over title hopefuls Leopards, Frank Ouna’s first since his appointment in May, boosted Mathare’s survival hopes as they moved to within four points of safety. A win over Rangers tomorrow, will have the 2008 champions move to within a point of safety with 12 rounds still to play.
For a majority of the season, Mathare have remained in the relegation places, struggling to put up points on the board with the Ingwe win only their second of the campaign.
They lost 2-0 in the first-leg tie to Rangers with the game being Salim Ali’s second last before he was dismissed. Alex Luganji and Amos Kigadi netted with the latter’s goal a contentious one as video footage showed the ball to have never crossed the line.
That game in mid-March was Stanley Okumbi’s fifth after replacing Sammy Omollo and crowned a resurgence that saw the Mailmen pull clear of the drop zone and in turn culminate with the former Harambee Stars coach and custodian Kevin Opiyo being named March’s best.
But since the restart, Rangers have been lukewarm, winning only once in five matches. On Saturday they will come up against a team with worse form but buoyed by a recent big win.