MATHARE UNITED SURVIVE RELEGATION AS WESTERN STIMA GO DOWN

Mathare United beat Ulinzi Stars 1-0 in Tuesday’s Football Kenya Federation Premier League match at Ruaraka ground. The result enabled Mathare United to stay in top flight next season after struggling for most of the year.

Coming into the match, Mathare United were always under pressure to pick a positive result considering that there is only match remaining before the season concludes.

Head coach Frank Ouna made some changes in his squad resting Lennox Ogutu who was suspended and injured Kepha  Otieno for Alphonse Ndonye and Norman Ogolla.

United scored their only goal in the ninth minute through John Mwangi who disposed John Kago and smashed the ball home from close range.

In the 21st minute Daniel Otieno rattled the cross bar from  an direct free kick as the slum boys piled the pressure on their opponents.

Ulinzi Stars had their first chance at goal in the 32nd minute but David Okello in the United goal did well to deny John Njuguna.

Six minutes later, Mathare United survived yet another scare this time Masita Masuta coming close as his effort went over the bar.

On resumption, United rested James Kinyanjui for Danson Kago but were almost immediately reduced to ten men when Alphonse Ndonye was sent off in the 64th minute.

The move forced Ouna to make another change as he rested Clifford Alwanga and Daniel Otieno while bringing on Chris Oduor and Klinsman Omulanga.

Despite the advantage, Ulinzi Stars could not find an equalizer and United will be happy for another season in the top flight.

Western Stima have been relegated after going down to Wazito 1-0 also on Wednesday.

Stima needed to win the match by all costs and hope that Mathare United falter but it was the other way round.

Western Stima players huddle up after their game against Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium on February 4 2021

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