Mathare United’s stay in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League is as well as over they dished out a third consecutive walkover.
The Slum Boys were set to host Sofapaka in a match day 28 fixture of the 2021/22 season at Kasarani Annex but did not show up.
Sofapaka, who were visitors of the day, walked away with a 2-0 win and three points without kicking a ball.
“Our match against Mathare United did not take place after our opponents failed to turn up for the match. Subsequently we have been awarded two goals and three points,” Sofapaka said in a statement posted on their social media accounts.
Mathare United have now issued out three walk overs, against Bandari, Ulinzi Stars and Sofapaka and tentatively stand relegated from the top flight going by the rules.
“Any club in a league format that does not turn up for three fixtures in a season and their explanation is not accepted in all the three incidents to the committee will be relegated to a lower league,” the league’s rule 3.1.7 says.
The 2008 champions have attributed tough financial times at the club to their recent habit of dishing out walkovers.
“Our financial situation is the result of an escalating series of external factors over the last few years which kept reducing the revenue and or raising the costs for all our top clubs,” a statement from Mathare United said.
Mathare United are currently bottom of the FKF Premier League log with 11 points, ten points from the playoff spot and 20 points from automatic safety.
The 2008 champions relegation is set to be ratified by the FKF Caretaker Committee before its mandate ends next week.