Time for grooming youngsters is basically over, it is time Francis Kimanzi competed for accolades with his so called young team.
Last Season’s Finish: 8th
The notion that Mathare United should not be vilified every time they fail to mount a serious challenge because they have a young squad should be buried when season 2018/19 Kicks Off. Riding on a limitation is something that a coach of Kimanzi’s caliber should not be leaning towards and it is about time he replicated the club’s 2008 heroics.
The club has once again gone for young players with the Kenya U17 captain Arnold Onyango leading this lot. The headline of their transfer window though is the return of their former boy Kevin Kimani who was last season at Sofapaka; an experienced player that should give them an edge going forward.
If they are to replicate their start of the 2018 season throughout this campaign they should not just be written off. This a team that has caused havoc to Gor Mahia season in season out and has had some proper results against the so called big guns but they have always been done by inexperience and we hope Kimanzi has learnt a lot of lessons to address this.
The team though is yet to address some areas on the pitch. With all due respect to David Okello, Mathare United should have gone for another experienced keeper. Okello has a proper understudy in Job Ochieng but this season might be too early for him; they say keepers get better with age. Apart from the arrival of Kimani, the team has Samuel Olwande and the likes of Roy Okal who have mixed it week in week out with in the league and should they find the right blend between these experienced players and the youngsters then they can trouble teams.
There is no team in the division that promotes youngsters like they do but it is time these young troops gave us something other youthful players will be proud of. No one ever paraded his youthfulness when the question of achievement was thrown in a debate.