After watching his side succumb by a solitary goal to Ulinzi Stars on Saturday 23 September, their third league defeat in a row without scoring, Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has highlighted a lack of funds and inexperience in his squad as the main reasons as to why the team has struggled in the season.
Mathare have stayed in the relegation region for most of the season but seemed to have found the right formula when they went 10 league games without defeat (a run that started back in May) and subsequently clawed their way off the bottom of the pile.
But with three defeats against Kariobangi Sharks, Tusker and now Ulinzi Stars the team has failed to register a significant gap between them and the bottom two sides as they sit three points above the relegation zone.
Coach Kimanzi, who guided the Slum Boys to the league title back in 2008 has also admitted that it is a whole new experience for him to be fighting at the opposite end of the table.
“As a coach I have never been in a position where I am fighting relegation, but you must understand that each team has its unique goals and targets,” he is quoted as saying in the KPL official portal.
“When you have a good budget that can purchase and sustain quality players, you can challenge for the title, but goals will be lowered if you are operating a team that is composed of such young players as the ones you find in my team.”
United next take on Chemelil Sugar at the Chemelil Sports Complex on Sunday 1 October. The two teams failed to get the best of one another in their first leg encounter as it ended in a barren stalemate.