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Rangers beat league leaders Mathare as Vihiga frustrates Tusker at Ruaraka

FOOTBALL By Rodgers Eshitemi | April 15th 2018
Mathare United FC's John Mwangi and Gerson Likono (on the ground) of Posta Rangers fc at Camp Toyoyo. [Jonah Onyango Standard]

Kenyan Premier League leaders Mathare United squandered an opportunity to open a four point lead on Gor Mahia after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Posta Rangers, at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday.

Despite the loss, the Slum Boys are still at the top with 23 points, one ahead of champions Gor Mahia, who have three games in hand.

Kennedy Otieno and Joackins Atudo scored a goal each for the mailmen with Clifford Alwanga netting Mathare's effort in a match of headers.

"We have to be disappointed because we didn't get the three points, but not because we didn't open the gap. The important thing is that this disappointment can be a good learning lesson to the boys," said Mathare coach Francis Kimanzi.

"Good fight, but too late. We should have done something better earlier. We had quite a poor start and conceded very easy goals."

However, for Rangers coach Sammy Omollo it was a great bounce back from their shocking 1-0 defeat to Zoo Kericho.

"We were playing against a team that is currently doing very well in the league. We knew their strong point, and that's where we really worked on last week. I really appreciate the courage and fighting spirit the boys have shown," said Omollo.

In Bungoma, Nzoia Sugar continued with their impressive form after beating visiting Bandari 1-0 at Sudi Stadium as Collins Neto netted a brace to inspire Chemelil Sugar to a 3-1 win over visiting Wazito..

Victor Omondi was the hero for Nzoia scoring the important goal of the game in the 14th minute.

It took only ten minutes for Rangers to take the lead at Camp Toyoyo when Kennedy Otieno when leapt the highest to connect Luke Ochieng's throw in.

Three minutes later, Atudo unleashed a powerful header from John Nairuka's corner kick to give the mailmen a two goal cushion.

Mathare responded with Cliff Nyakeya making a good run on the right flank, delivered a fine cross in the area, but Samuel Ndung'u over hit the ball while trying to control making it easy for Patrick Matasi to collect it.

However, after a series of raids, Mathare's efforts paid off as Clifford Alwanga latched on a rebound from Ndung'u's 24th minute delivery to reduce the deficit.

Mathare survived a scare immediately after Otieno was denied by the cross on restart.

Ten minutes later, Atudo's header also miserably crashed against the post before Matasi easily gathered Ndung'u's free kick.

Luis Misiko then saw his goal bound effort on the stroke of halftime blocked by a self sacrificing Mathare defender before his second shot was deflected for a fruitless corner.

Gearson Likono had a chance to extend the lead for the hosts three minutes into the second half, but his effort went agonizingly over the bar before Nairuka's attempt was blocked in the box.

Rangers went close again in the 55th minute but Jerry Santo's free header went wide before Edward Seda wasted a glorious scoring opportunity after a good build up by Mathare.

 

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