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William Muluya insists Kariobangi Sharks are still in the 2018/19 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) title race despite their barren draw with with Mathare United in the Slum derby on Wednesday at Kasarani Stadium.

The second draw in five meetings for both sides left Sharks sixth on the table with 15 points, nine adrift of leaders Mathare United.

“We still have some matches in the first leg, the league is still open, anyone can win it but at this point we need to be afraid of Mathare United because they are opening the gap at the top,” said Muluya.

“Whoever remains consistent might run away with it as early as April that’s why I am unsatisfied with the draw. I believe had we finished our chances in the first half we could have won the game.”

“I needed a win but better have a draw than a loss.”


Muluya partly attributed the outcome to fatigue on his charges who came into the fixture barely a day after jetting back from Dar es Salaam where they won the SportPesa Cup after edging out Bandari 1-0 on Sunday.

“Some of my best players were substituted because of injuries, the likes of Harrison Mwendwa (hamstring), Vincent Wasambo (calf) and George Abege who was struggling,” he added.

“Duke Abuya also sustained an injury but at that point we had exhausted our three subs.”

Sharks host seventh-placed Sofapaka in round 10 on Saturday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.