Mathare United: A bittersweet end to an era of once mighty Slum Boys

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FKFPL Mathare United: A bittersweet end to an era of once mighty Slum Boys

Festus Chuma 12:00 - 25.06.2023

From triumphs to tribulations, Mathare United's impact transcends relegation as fans embrace hope for the future

Once the pride of Kenyan football, Mathare United will play their final match in the FKF Premier League on Sunday, 25th June 2023. 

After a remarkable 25-year journey since their promotion, the Slum Boys will face off against Wazito FC at Muhoroni Stadium. 

Unfortunately, this encounter holds little significance, as Mathare United has already been relegated, marking a disappointing end to a tumultuous season.

Once hailed as the epitome of hope and resilience, Mathare United survived the throes of relegation season after season, barely avoiding the drop. However, this time, the odds proved insurmountable.

With a disheartening record of 24 losses in 33 matches, their descent seemed inevitable, overshadowing the mere seven wins and two draws they managed to secure.

 It is undeniable that Mathare United, once celebrated as the best breeding ground for emerging talents, has become a pale shadow of its former self.

Reflecting upon the club's illustrious past, one cannot help but be filled with a sense of nostalgia. 

The golden days of 1998, when they lifted the Moi Golden Cup, and 2008, when they were crowned FKF Premier League champions, shine brightly in the annals of Mathare United's history. 

The yellow and green blended team, known for their captivating brand of total football, left opponents in awe. The Slum Boys were a force to be reckoned with, their success a testament to the dedication and prowess of the players and coaching staff.

Mathare United's impact extended far beyond the confines of the football pitch as the club served as a catalyst for nurturing both footballers and referees, producing scholars, role models, and administrators who went on to make a meaningful impact on society. 

The list of distinguished individuals who honed their skills at Mathare is formidable: Simon Mulama, Titus Mulama, Arnold Origi, Dennis Oliech, and many more. 

Moreover, esteemed coaches such as David Ouma, Francis Kimanzi, William Muluya, Ezekiel Akwana, Stanley Okumbi, Salim Ali, and Anthony Kimani all trace their roots back to this venerable institution.

However, the ominous shadow of financial challenges cast a pall over Mathare United and MYSA's future. 

While the Slum Boys prepare for their next chapter in the National Super League, hopes are high that they will reclaim their rightful place in the FKF Premier League. 

The road ahead may be arduous, but the fighting spirit and unwavering support from fans and well-wishers will undoubtedly propel Mathare United forward.

On this final day, fans need to remember the cups Mathare United proudly hoisted, the moments of glory that brought joy to fans far and wide.

 Although the outcome of the game against Wazito FC may not alter their fate this season, Mathare United's legacy will forever be cherished, and their impact will continue to resonate both on and off the pitch.