Mathare United twice came from behind to claim a 3-2 Slum Derby win over Kariobangi Sharks in round 30 of the BetKing Premier League on Wednesday.
Daniel Otieno scored a stoppage time winner to settle a hotly contested tie that also saw Khalid Jumaan and John Mwangi score for the Slumboys.
Peter Lwasa and young forward Geoffrey Onyango scored the goals for Sharks.
The win saw Mathare move off of the bottom of the standings and out of the relegation zone and it could remain that way if Western Stima end up losing to KCB in a late kickoff at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu also on Wednesday.
The huge win for Mathare came with some disappointment as defender David Ochieng suffered a hamstring injury and was substituted a few minutes after the restart.
It remains to be confirmed by the club if the veteran defender, commonly referred to as Cheche by his peers, will return back to action before the season concludes with Mathare remaining with four matches to play.
The game started at a high tempo with Mathare coming close twice to breaking the deadlock inside the first quarter only to be denied by the lineman’s flag and some superb reflexes from young custodian Brandon Obiero.
This however did not deter Sharks, who took the lead against the run of play through George Onyango’s low struck shot from the left wing in the 17th minute. The young forward has been a revelation for Sharks since being promoted from the club’s youth team as it is him who scored the winner against Gor Mahia four matchdays ago.
For much of the game Sharks were contented with playing on the backfoot bidding their time and waiting to pounce on the counter but with the opening half coming to an end, Mathare would get their goal through Khalid Jumaan’s deflected shot from inside the area.
In the second half, with Mathare playing with 10-men after Cheche’s injury, Sharks would take advantage and retake the lead through Lwasa. The Ugandan netting his third goal against Mathare this season having netted a brace in the first-leg match-up at the Kasarani Stadium.
Mwangi would bring Mathare back level in the 66th minute and with virtually the last action of the game, substitute Daniel Otieno would seal the game with a low strike from close range that left Obiero with no chance.
Still with a game in hand on the two teams below them, Mathare have their survival hopes solely in their hands and now just need to better the results of those teams to be assured of another season in the topflight.