Relegation threatened Mathare United picked-up a hard-fought point against Nzoia Sugar in their fight to avoid the drop as both teams settled for a 2-2 draw in a BetKing Premier League (BPL) matchday 18 fixture staged at the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma on Sunday.
Bottom placed Mathare who are in dire need of putting points on the board, got their goals through Klinsman Omulanga and John Mwangi with Hillary Simiyu and Gabriel Wandera netting for Nzoia.
The point earned still leaves Frank Ouna’s charges rooted at the bootom of the BPL log but they now move to within four points of safety.
Nzoia too are boosted by the result which helps them put more daylight between them and the bottom three teams.
In the build up to the game, new Mathare head coach Ouna had called on his charges to claw their way out of the relegation zone with their next five games and they responded against the Millers going ahead early in the 18th minute through Omulanga’s well drilled shot after some good work down the right flank by Tyson Otieno.
It was the second time in succession that Mathare had taken the lead early but again like in the previous game against KCB FC, they could not hold on to their lead as Ibrahim Shikanda’s men pulled level via a Wandera spot kick at the half hour mark before taking the lead immediately after the restart thanks to Simiyu’s quick thinking inside the danger area.
But against the Millers, Mathare did something they have rarely done this season and that is comeback from a losing position.
In the 58th minute, the Slumboys made two changes with one being the introduction of John Mwangi. The change would make dividends right away as the winger planted a header past Benson Mangala just six minutes after being introduced; taking advantage of a poor attempt at a clearance by the Nzoia custodian.
Both teams would trade barbs trying to nick the win at the death but some solid defending from both sides ensured a share of the spoils.