Mathare United suffered a 4-1 defeat against Sofapaka in a Kenyan Premier League match staged at Kasrani Stadium on Tuesday.
It took the 2008 league champions just two minutes to realize Batoto ba Mungu meant business. Eli Asieche got the ball in a perfect position, and the 'slum boys' defenders failed to stop him from unleashing a low shot that beat goalkeeper Allan Owiny.
The goal was a wakeup call for the Francis Kimanzi led side and the players reacted by attacking aggressively. It could have been 2-0 in favour of Sofapaka with almost a half an hour gone, but James Situma did well to block a well taken Cornelius Juma shot for an unfruitful corner.
With thirty-two minutes gone, the under pressure and unsettled Mathare United conceded a penalty in a good position. Titus Achesa stepped up and perfectly executed the set piece to double the advantage for the 2009 league champions.
Ahmed Ahmad had a chance to halve the scoreline in the 40th minute when a loose ball fell to him, but he went for power instead of precision, and as a result, failed to hit the back of the net with the goalkeeper well beaten.
David Owino handled the ball just outside the danger zone, leaving the referee with no option but give another free-kick. Goalkeeper failed to keep out a John Avire's effort, and it fell to Umaru Kasumba, who made it three.
Mathare United came back stronger after the break with Kevin Kimani leading the hunt for goals. With fifty minutes gone, he forced the goalkeeper into a fine save after the defenders had failed to keep him out of the danger zone.
But it was Sofapaka who could have made it four in the 57th minute. Ibrahim Kitawi found his way into the box, but Owiny reacted fastest to take the ball from his feet. The league leaders pulled one back in the 71st minute courtesy of former Sofapaka man Kimani. Daniel Mwaura managed to find the attacking midfielder in the scoring position and managed to get the ball to him.
Sofapaka was, however, undone, they pushed for the fourth and it came in the stoppages through Umaru Kasumba.