Nzoia Sugar will play host to Mathare United on Saturday afternoon in Match Week 2 of the 2018/19 Kenyan Premier League.
The encounter, scheduled to take place at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma County, will be one of six top division matches kicking off at 3pm.
Mathare head to western Kenya at the summit of the table after an emphatic 2-0 win over Chemelil Sugar on the opening day of the season. The hosts dominate proceedings during the first few exchanges at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Saturday afternoon, going ahead as early as the fifth minute through Cliff Nyakeya.
The former Gor Mahia youth player was set through clean on goal, with only goalkeeper Bernard Onunga standing between him and the opening goal. The Chemelil shot stopper however raced off his line to narrow the angle, blatantly bringing down Nyakeya in a move that left referee Josiah Awiti with little option but to point to the spot.
Onunga did well to make amends for his mistake as he blocked Nyakeya’s effort from 12-yards, but the 23-year old exhibited the same fighting spirit that saw him win the 2018 SportPesa Premier League Midfielder of the Year Award, as he pounced on the rebound to gift his side the lead after just five minutes.
With Chemelil already on the back foot, the Slum Boys unleashed an unrelenting onslaught, adding a second goal eight minutes later through Clifford Alwanga. Kevin Kimani’s delivery from a corner found the Mathare striker who doubled the lead with a thunderous header.
Ending the first half as the stronger side, Francis Kimanzi’s charges picked up from where they left matters, as they dominantly dictated play after the interval; seemingly on course to secure maximum point on their first match of the new campaign.
The encounter was nonetheless not without controversy, as the hosts were reduced to ten men in the 79th minute following the sending off of goalkeeper Job Ochieng’. The Mathare custodian was shown a straight red after he came of his lines and fouled Lucas Wiatere; denying the Chemelil forward a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Kimazi was however never going to let the points slip away, as he initiated timely substitutions to ensure his side secured all three points without conceding any goals during the closing moments of the game.
Nzoia Sugar were similarly off to a winning start in their first match of the season, as they won away to Zoo Kericho last Sunday. The only goal of the encounter was scored in 68th minute when Nzoia took advantage of a defensive blunder to score the only game of the encounter.
Nzoia Sugar vs. Mathare United betting prediction
For Mathare United, the current campaign has in many ways began similarly to last season, as the Slum Boys have began the season top of the league.
Nzoia managed to cling onto top flight football last season, and will be in high spirits heading into this weekend’s encounter, but Mathare could very well retain their place at the helm by collecting their second successive win of the season.
Mathare to win
Nzoia Sugar vs. Mathare United recent results
Nzoia Sugar 2-2 Mathare United (June 6, 2018)
Elvis Rupia 3’
Samwel Olwande 18’
Elvis Rupia 59’
Clifford Alwanga 66’
Mathare United 2-1 Nzoia Sugar (February 11, 2018)
George Mutimba 31’
Chrispin Oduor 77’
Francis Omondi 83’
Mathare United 1-0 Nzoia Sugar (November 5, 2017)
Samwel Olwande 15’ (P)
Nzoia Sugar 0-0 Mathare United (March 18, 2017)
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