The trials called by 2008 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Mathare United starting Monday 9 January attracted a huge response, with over 250 players reported to have attended but at the close of the exercise on Wednesday 11 January, only 30 remained.
The club’s head coach Francis Kimanzi and his technical staff was conducting the exercise at the Goan Institute grounds and the message from the coach is a positive one as he points out that he is impressed with what he has seen so far.
No list yet
The 2008 league winning coach says he has not yet settled on the players he will be picking, with the 30 set to be trimmed down further but indicates that by the end of the week he will have a list.
“We have trimmed the group from over 250 players who came for the trials to 30 as at today but we have not yet decided on who we will be picking from this group. The first move was to make it a good size that we can observe them and I have to say I am impressed with what I have seen.
“By the end of the week we should have a list of the players we would like to join us,” he told Soka.
Kimanzi is on his second stint as the team’s head coach after leading the side until 2009 before leaving for Sofapaka, Harambee Stars and then Tusker. His first season after returning from Tusker, in 2016, saw him guide the club to a seventh placed finish.