Mathare hit Posta to retain unbeaten run

first_img0Shares0000Mathare United midfielder Kevin Kimani wheels away in celebration after scoring the opener against Posta Rangers in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Dec 29 – Goals in either half from Kevin Kimani and Cliff Nyakeya saw Mathare United retain their unbeaten start to the 2018/2019 Kenyan Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.Dennis Ongeri grabbed one back for Posta quarter of an hour to the final whistle and make for a nervous end to the game, but Mathare held on to grab three important points. Mathare broke the deadlock after 21 minutes, Kimani sweeping a freekick below the wall after Cliff Nyakeya was hounded to the floor by Jerry Santo as both rose to meet a high ball.The goal was a worthy gift for Mathare who had dominated the opening proceedings in the early afternoon kick off and should have had more on the balance of chances.But it was Posta who had the game’s opening chance in the third minute. Wesley Onguso swung in a freekick from the left finding Jockins Atudo at the edge of the box with the defender heading it into Dennis Ongeri’s direction.Mathare United’s James Situma evades a tackle from Posta Rangers defender Wesley Onguso during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHowever, the winger could not hit the target taking too much time on the ball with James Kinyanjui racing back to poke the ball away.Having survived that, Mathare took cruise control of the game and in the 15th minute they should have been ahead when Clifford Alwanga swung in a cross from the left, landing on Kinyanjui at the backpost.The winger teed the ball back for Kimani whose shot however wheeled inches wide.Having gone behind, Posta tried to claw back into the game but their decision to play long balls was dealt with steadfastly by the towering defense of Andrew Juma and Johnston Omurwa stood steadfast.Mathare United keeper David Okello makes a save during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTwo minutes to the break, the mailmen should have drawn level when Cavin Odongo sent Ongeri through, but the winger once again could not land the ball in the back of the net, his shot going wide.The Slum Boys needed just six minutes into the second half to make it 2-0 and it came off another set piece. Kevin Kimani swung a freekick from the left with James Situma meeting it at the backpost but his header was saved by Levis Opiyo.Cliff Nyakeya pounced on the rebound and tapped into an empty net for his third goal of the season.Despite going down, Posta gave a fight and began to play with more urgency, head coach Sammy Omollo bringing on Danson Kago and Brian Juma in a bid to add some spice into attack.Mathare United midfielder Chris Oduor skips away from Posta Rangers defender William Odero during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPosta halved the deficit quarter of an hour to the end, Mathare conceding their first goal of the season.Wesley Onguso’s speculative shot from the left came against the crossbar and Kago pounced on it shooting it low with David Okello saving. However, Dennis Ongeri pounced on the rebound to tap into an empty net.Posta piled pressure looking for the lone goal to grab a point off the fixture, but their0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NEIL LENNON: ‘I’M TOTALLY COMMITTED TO CELTIC’

first_imgCeltic boss Neil Lennon has committed to staying at the club – despite bomb threats from bigots.“It leaves a bad taste in the mouth, but I’m totally committed to the club, the fans and the players,” he said at a press conference for Sunday’s Old Firm derby.“It’s my most difficult week in the job. We all know why it’s happening.” Lennon has been targeted by loyalists before.In 2002 he was substituted at half time playing for Northern Ireland after a UVF plot to kill him was uncovered by Special Branch.Bullets were sent to the former Celtic captain earlier in the season, while a suspicious package addressed to him was also intercepted.And parcel bombs were this week sent to Lennon, Paul McBride QC and Labour politician Trish Godman. Lennon was asked if he would be a target at any other club.“It wouldn’t, no,” he said. “And it’s not because it’s my aggressive behaviour on the pitch any more.“A lot was said about that when I played and I think you all know the reasons why these things are happening now.“It’s good that people are talking about it and we will get something done about it.”Asked about those who want to kill him, he said: “I am baffled that my persona can cause this type of poison in people. “I am a football manager, a football person, not a politician.“I have never talked about politics or talked about religion, I just talked about football as a sport and predominately for the good of the game up here.“I have tried to be as positive as I can about all things in Scottish football.“I have had spats with people, yes, but that’s just in my nature and I don’t think that will change. “I think it is pretty unprecedented what has happened and I hope it is not going to get out of hand.“Anyone in any walk of life shouldn’t have to deal with something like this.“It is uncomfortable, you see your face every hour on the hour on the news and, after a while, you start thinking ‘is that me they are talking about?’“It is disconcerting and uncomfortable, but I am well looked after by the people in charge and there is an ongoing investigation so I don’t want to comment too much on that.”The Co Armagh man said the threats would not force him out of the club.“My life has changed a bit, but I have tried not to change it too much,” he added.“I am not under armed guard or anything like that, but we have had to curtail a few things and change things about my lifestyle, which is unfortunate. But I am hoping things can be brought to a head.“I’d like to thank the police for all their briefing and the professionalism they have shown and the security they have given me over the last week, 10 days, they have been absolutely fantastic and made life as easy as possible under the circumstances.“I’ve had this for 10 years, but I don’t want to say you get used to it, because you never do.”Asked if he regretted taking the job, he added: “You get an opportunity to manage Celtic once in a lifetime. I would have regretted it the rest of my life if I hadn’t taken it.”NEIL LENNON: ‘I’M TOTALLY COMMITTED TO CELTIC’ was last modified: April 23rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more