Mathare United on Sunday opened a five-point gap at the summit of the Sportpesa Premier League with a 3-1 win over Vihiga United at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
After a dour opening half hour, the game came into life in the 31st minute clearly against the run of play.
Hedmond Mauda, introduced on 24 minutes for Collins Kisuya, scurried down the right in a counter attacking move from Vihiga. The wingback lobbed the ball over an onrushing David Okello but Johnstone Omurwa seemed to have covered his goalkeeper until he rolled the ball into his own net.
Shortly afterwards, Kevin Kimani restored parity from the spot after Vihiga cracked following a series of attacks from Mathare. James Kinyanjui sent in a cross into the area that Chris Ochieng’ connected to with a header.
With Geoffrey Oputi well beaten, defender Zablon Khaemba contrived to take over the goalkeeping duties handling the ball to prevent the ball from going in. Referee Andrew Juma was spotted the handball and Kimani made no mistake sending Oputi the wrong way to level.
A bright start to the second half coupled by school boy defending from Vihiga saw Mathare United take the lead shortly after the break. David Owino’s cross looked innocuous as it came into the area but a wicked deflection off Moffat Juma redirected the ball into the bottom corner past a hapless Oputi.
Two minutes later, Clifford Nyakeya made it three as he beat the offside trap to pounce on a lobbed pass from Chrispin Oduor to beat Oputi with a a smart headed flick.
Mathare have 23 points, five ahead of Bandari who are away in Dar es Salaam for SportPesa Cup, while Vihiga United remain 11th with nine points.