Nyakeya Out To Break Toyoyo Jinx Against Sharks

Cliff Nyakeya celebrates in a past league match at the Kenyatta Stadium.

Mathare United winger Cliff Nyakeya is eager to end his four match goal drought and guide his side to their first win at the Camp Toyoyo when they face off with Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday in what has been dubbed the Slum Derby.

Nyakeya, the club’s second best scorer after Clifford Alwanga, has not found the net since April 4 where he scored the opener in the 3-2 win over Nakumatt at Ruaraka.

While admitting his tap has dried in recent matches, Nyakeya is keen on getting back to scoring ways against Sharks.


“I have not scored in a while and this is a concern. It usually affects you mentally when you go for some matches without scoring but I am positive. I have been getting in those positions so I hope I will be lucky tomorrow,” said Nyakeya.

Interestingly Mathare United is yet to win a league match at Camp Toyoyo. With Sharks enjoying a perfect record heading into this match, Nyakeya believes they can break that trend.

Break jinx

“We have not won at Toyoyo but we were clearly the better team in the two matches that we lost there. This is a different game and of course the approach will be different. We want to break that jinx,” he added.

“We showed a lot of mental strength against Gor Mahia last weekend and if we carry that into this game then we stand a big chance,” pointed out Nyakeya whi has five goals to his credit.

Victory for the Sum Boys will take them level on 27 points with league leaders Gor Mahia who are away on continental football. Nyakeya insists that they have to capitalize on Gor’s absence to go top.


“We have to keep Gor Mahia under pressure once an opportunity comes up. We have to make them feel there is competition. This is an important game for us and we are looking at collecting three points,” offered the youngster.