Thika — Mathare United’s relegation nightmare grew bigger on Sunday after suffering a 2-1 loss at the hands of Wazito FC on a day that fellow strugglers Vihiga United picked up a 2-0 win over Western Stima in Nakuru.

Sunday’s results mean Vihiga have opened up a five point gap away from bottom side Mathare with seven rounds of matches left.

In Thika, after a good first half where they had most of the chances, Mathare were undone by a quick brace scored within two minutes by Vincent Oburu who had come off the bench in the second half.

The struggling Mathare had most of the chances in the opening half but poor finishing as well as astute goalkeeping from Peter Odhiambo kept Wazito in the game.

In the 17th minute, Mathare had a golden chance presented to them when a poor pass at the back landed on John Mwangi. However, the forward took too much time with the ball with only the keeper at his mercy, allowing Maurice Ojwang to race back and tackle him as he prepared to pull the trigger.

In the 25th minute, defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng almost scored a worldie. Mathare won a freekick from deep in their own half and Ochieng picked the ball quick. Citing keeper Odhiambo off his line he went for goal but the custodian tracked back and tipped the ball behind for a corner.

Mathare kept pushing Wazito in their own half and they had another chance in the 32nd minute off a set piece. Kennedy Ochieng stood behind the ball, curled it beyond the wall but keeper Odhiambo parried the ball away.