Ndege double fires Mathare to third, Cameroon dim Starlets

By alex wafula
Oct 22, 2021
  • Mathare United Obadiah Ndege celebrates with Daniel Mwaura after scoring one of the two goals against Bandari. He had a six-month goal drought and came in as a substitute. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Neddy Atieno chases down the ball with Brigitie Ombodou of Cameroon in a friendly match which Harambee Starlets lost 0-1 (Photo by Alex Wafula)

Obadiah Ndege came off the bench to score twice as Mathare United came from a goal down to beat Bandari 3-1 at Nyayo Stadium and move third on the Kenyan Premier League standings.

Ndege had stayed for close to six months without a goal after starting the season on a high. His double on Saturday now restores some confidence as Mathare push for a top three finish.

Bandari had scored first from the penalty spot but Mathare United fought back with Whyvonne Isuza equalizing before Ndege headed the Slum Boys ahead in the second half and scored a late penalty to break Mathare’s three winless streak.

Having lost narrowly to league leaders Tusker FC at home last weekend, Bandari stand in coach Ken Odhiambo was boosted with the availability of the experienced cog of Musa Mudde and Anthony Kimani.

Edwin Lavatsa, playing against his former side added impetus in attack. Lavatsa came close early for Mathare after his shot from distance came up against the crossbar with Shabaan Kenga picking up the rebound but being adjudged offside.

Bandari came into the match having lost back to back matches were rewarded in the 13th minute when Kimani scored from the spot after Robinson Kamura had brought down Kenga inside the box.

The hosts urged on by their coach Francis Kimanzi upped the ante after conceding. Wilson Obungu, the Bandari FC keeper was called into action in the 29th minute, stretching to push away a shot from Alphonce Ndonye.

Mathare’s pressure bore fruit three minutes later when Isuza swept in a cross from Daniel Mwaura first time under pressure from Shariff Mohammed. They came close to grabbing the lead five minutes later but for Chris Oduor’s indecision.

Bandari keeper Obungu came off the line to punch away a cross from Eric Johannah but collided with his own defender, Oduor picking the ball at the far post. With Obungu though, Oduor’s attempt at picking up Derrick Onyango at the near post was thwarted with Shariff heading the ball away for a corner.

Mathare kept the pressure on in the second half with Ndege being introduced for Onyango. It took him less than two minutes to make his presence felt when he leapt above everyone to head in a Robinson Kamura free kick and take Mathare into the lead.

Centre back George ‘Wise’ Owino thought he had taken his side three up but his effort was ruled offside.

In this match, Mathare dominated the midfield and diffused Bandari's advances. 

Mathare put the game beyond reach with Ndege converting an 89th minute penalty after Shariff was brought down Daniel Mwaura inside the box.

Cameroon 1 Kenya 0

Elsewhere, Harambee Starlets lost 1-0 to African Women’s Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon in a friendly match on Saturday at Kasarani Stadium.

But despite the loss via a second half penalty, coach David Ouma said he was pleased with the side’s performance.

“We managed to contain them very well and had several good chances in the first 15 minutes of the game. I think we were a bit nervous today playing against a big team like Cameroon but we managed to settle down at some point,” Ouma said.

Enow Ngacho, the Indomitable Lionesses head coach said he was impressed with the Kenyan side and tipped them to cause ripples during the Cup of Nations next month in their backyard.

“I must congratulate Kenya because they gave us a very good game. They have grown so much of a time and I am very sure they will cause ripples in their group. They are a good side,” Ngacho said after the game. There was some element of fatigue though in the squad.

Half of the players had arrived back in the country from their 10-day Morocco training camp on Friday afternoon with the other half having arrived on Thursday.

In this match, Harambee Starlets striker Neddy Atieno missed three clear opportunities in the opening 10 minutes.

In the second minute, the striker who has superb pace used her strength to wheel past her markers but her eventual shot went inches over the target.

Two minutes later, she used her pace again to move past Brigite Omodou but her shot aimed at the far post went wide.

Christine Nafula then sent her through again in the seventh minute after nodding down the ball for her at the edge of the box, but the eventual shot was off the target.

The missed chances gave Cameroon confidence. Midfielder Genevieve Ngombeleck and winger Henriette Akaba were the architects of the Cameroonian resurgence.

Ngombeleck did all the work in the midfield with Akaba using her speed on the wings to bring in crosses. Akaba’s pace on the wings caused problems for Harambee Starlets’ backline.

In the 19th minute the winger shot wide from close range after Wendy Achieng’s attempted control from an Augustine Ngoback cross fell on her feet.

Ngombeleck header flashes across goal

The visitors continued dominating possession and had another opportunity in the 35th minute with captain Christine Manie’s header from a Ngombeleck cross flashing across the face of goal.

Ngombeleck’s dominance in the midfield prompted Ouma to pull out Caroline Anyango was pulled for the more combative Corazon Aquino. Defender Lilian Awuor was also introduced at the start of the second half with right back Ann Aluoch rested.

The Cameroonians continued dictating the pace and came close on the hour mark when substitute Jacky Ogol lost the ball in a dangerous area. The impressive Ngombeleck won the ball, dribbled into the box and tripped inside the area but no penalty was given.

The West Africans were awarded a penalty a minute later after a handball inside the box after substitute Alice Nkomidio weaved past her markers on the left before cutting back a cross for Ngoback, whose shot was handled.

Skipper Manie converted despite Kenya keeper Samantha Akinyi going the right way. Ngombeleck had another chance in the 70th minute with a shot from inside the box but Akinyi collected with ease.

The hosts exerted pressure in search of an equalizer but a combination of half-hearted finishing and resolute defending by the Cameroonian ensured the score remained the same.

The girls will now face Egypt in another friendly on Friday at the Kasarani Stadium before travelling to Cameroon for a return tie which will be played in the City of Limbe where Kenya is set to play her group matches at the AWCON.

KPL Weekend results and fixtures: (Kick off 3 p.m. unless stated)

Friday: Sofapaka 2 Muhoroni Youth 1 (Ruaraka Complex).

Saturday: Mathare United 3 Bandari FC 1 (Nyayo Stadium), Kakamega Homeboyz 0 Sony Sugar 0 (Mumias Complex).

Sunday: Gor Mahia v AFC Leopards (Nyayo Stadium), Western Stima v Ulinzi Stars (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Tusker FC v City Stars (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Chemelil Sugar v Posta Rangers (Chemelil Complex), Thika United v Ushuru FC (Thika County Stadium).