Just like last season, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League side Mathare United are facing a real relegation battle in what now a norm in recent years for the 2008 champions.
Last season, they survived last minute thanks to the tactical nous of the head coach Frank Ouna who was roped in on a short term contract to replace Salim Ali and save the Slum Boys from falling into the National Super League.
Things look more or less the same for Mathare United who have only won three, drawn two and lost a whopping 18 of the 23 games they have played so far this season.
With just eleven games to the end of the season, the club is glued to the bottom of the FKF Premier League log with a paltry 11 points, nine points from the playoff spot and 14 from safety.
Head coach John Kamau who has overseen just seven games since taking over from Ezekiel Akwana still remains confident of ensuring their survival in the top tier despite losing five and winning only one of the seven games he has been in charge.
“I am here because I know the job at hand and I am not panicking. With more than thirty points to play for, I think it is very early to start talking about relegation. For that reason, I would love to see my team get their heads up and be ready to fight,” Kamau told the club’s media.
The league is on a two-week break in line with the international calendar and the former Thika United coach believes it is an opportunity to replenish for a momentous end to the season.
“This break is a blessing to us because physically the players are going to get some good rest and some of our injured players will be back in action,” said the former Posta Rangers coach.