‘Slum Boys’ out to end Gor hegemony


‘Slum Boys’ out to end Gor hegemony
Mathare United FC coach Francis Kimanzi instructs his charges during their Premier League match against AFC Leopards SC at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on July 15, 2016. The match ended 1-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www/Sportpicha./Citizen

In Summary

  • Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi is hoping to end Gor’s dominion in Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as their fine form continued at the weekend with a tough 3-2 win over Kakamega Homeboyz at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
  • The ‘Slums Boys’ have had an impeccable start to the season winning six matches and drawing two
  • The 'Slum Boys' title drought has stretched to 11 years, their last and only league conquest coming in 2008, and with the momentum swung in his favour, the Dutch trained Kimanzi feels his charges can give Gor a real run in the title push.

Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi is hoping to end Gor’s dominion in Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as their fine form continued at the weekend with a tough 3-2 win over Kakamega Homeboyz at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The ‘Slums Boys’ have had an impeccable start to the season winning six matches and drawing two.

“Our aim this season is to make history by claiming the league title. I believe we can shock Gor Mahia by achieving this goal, we are unbeaten so far and if we will continue with the same streak, then we can easily make it,” said Kimanzi.

So far, Mathare has conceded just six goals and Kimanzi wants his defenders to be mean at the back as they bid to snatch the title from the stranglehold of Gor.

“We have been playing well but the only area I want my boys to concentrate on is the defence. We have conceded six goals already and that’s big number which shows the defence need to be a bit tight,” added Kimanzi.

The ‘Slum Boys’ title drought has stretched to 11 years, their last and only league conquest coming in 2008, and with the momentum swung in his favour, the Dutch trained Kimanzi feels his charges can give Gor a real run in the title push.

Mathare United FC players celebrate a goal against Kakamega Homeboyz FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on January 19, 2019. Mathare United FC won 3-2. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha/Citizen

After eight rounds of matches, Mathare remain perched at the summit on 20 points, 7 more than Gor who however have a game in hand. The ‘Slum Boys’ are also  yet to taste defeat, and will look further to stretch the advantage when they take on Vihiga United this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Western Stima shared spoils after puling a 2-2 draw with Nzoia FC at Moi Stadium in Kisumu to dent their charge.

Stima, like Mathare and Bandari, have been on song and are third on the grid on 15 points, three adrift of the dockers.

At the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Tusker held Ulinzi Stars to 0-0 draw. The brewers are fourth on the table on 14 points, as Kariobangi Sharks complete the top five slots with an equal number of points.

Saturday

KCB 1-1 Vihiga

Mathare 3-2 Kakamega Homeboys

Sofapaka 0-0 Sony Sugar

Sunday

Ulinzi 0-0 Tusker

Western Stima 2-2 Nzoia

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