Mathare United woeful run continues in new season

Monday, November 1st, 2021 20:52 |
Henry Juma (right) of Kariobangi Sharks battles with Norman Ogolla of Mathare Utd during their match on Sunday. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Mathare United who escaped relegation from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League last season by the skin of their teeth, are suffering a major heartbreak after a blistering 6-0 loss at the hearts of Kariobangi Sharks at Kasarani Annex at the weekend.

Thr outcome was easily the highest losing margin since the top-tier league kicked off on September 25 in which newbies Talanta punched above their weight by holding moneybags Wazito 1-1

What really went wrong and who is to blame for the embarrassing defeat of the Slum Boys?

As it stands, Mathare United did not recruit players in the last transfer window and have had to make do with talent from the junior cadres in their age group set up, same as AFC Leopards who are also going through a lean time.

So did Mathare go into the game knowing they had nothing to lose against Sharks who had gone on a shopping spree or was it normal vanquishment?   

And perhaps due to the magnitude of the loss, Mathare coach Ezekiel Akwana, who replaced Frank Ouna, has remained tight-lipped ever since and would be careless of him to pick calls for comments just as he did with this journalist yesterday.

The result gave Sharks all the bragging rights. Felix Oluoch netted a hat-trick and Eric Mata a brace as Stephen Otieno helped himself with a goal that catapulted the team to the fourth position.

Just like Mathare, Leopards suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ulinzi Stars and what should worry the Ingwe faithful is that the team has lost all their matches since the league got underway.

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