The three games that could turn Mathare United's fortunes

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FKFPL The three games that could turn Mathare United's fortunes

Festus Chuma 06:00 - 29.05.2023

Slum Boys have three games to save their skins or wither into oblivion.

Imagine a pack of lions chasing you. The further you run, the more ground to escape you chew up until there is nowhere left to hide.

The 2008 Football Kenya Federation Premier League champions face a similar situation as the knell sounds almost ring for the 2022/2023 top-flight campaign.

Mathare United, the team that displayed its trademark crisp passes and fluid football in the early 2000s, are in real danger of falling to the second tier of Kenyan football.

On Saturday, the Slum Boys fell 1-0 to KCB for their 24th defeat of the season, which left them in 17th place on the log with three league games to the end of the season.

Mathare United started the second leg brightly, however, a run of one victory in their last 13 matches has plunged them into the abyss.

The Slum Boys have not scored more than two goals in the second half of the season, and the return of Collins Korea Omondi is yet to have its desired effect, whatever they thought that might be.

Mathare United have three games to plot an escape and avoid being relegated for the first time since their promotion to the top-flight league.

Here are their upcoming fixtures:

Kakamega Homeboyz v Mathare United 

Korea will get some respite on Wednesday as the Slum Boys will not be in action, but they will take to the field on Saturday against Kakamega Homeboyz.

Kakamega Homeboyz are currently placed ninth on the log, and the last time they tasted defeat at the hands of the Slum Boys was way back in January 2019 at Kasarani Main Stadium.

Abana Abeingo lost 1-0 to Talanta on Sunday thus, they will be seeking to return to winning ways against the Slum Boys, who have gone for the last ten matches without registering a win.

Mathare United v Ulinzi Stars 

After visiting Kakamega Homeboyz, the Slum Boys will host Ulinzi Stars at Kasarani Annex on Thursday, June 8.

The Soldiers have been struggling in the latest matches, and their coach Bernard Mwalala has been alternating his starting lineups.

However, Ulinzi Stars boast of experienced players in Boniface Muchiri, Masita Masuta and Omar Mbongi, meaning they are not to be underestimated.

When the teams met earlier this season at Ulinzi Sports Complex, Mathare lost 3-1, with Donald Ange scoring the lone goal for the visitors.

Wazito v Mathare United

Wazito and Mathare have been locked in a massive bunfight to stave off relegation for the better part of the season.

Both teams will now meet at Muhoroni Stadium on June 24, and based on how they have been performing then, the match will likely determine who will stay in the top flight.

In head-to-head stats, Wazito and Mathare United have met in seven league matches since 2018. The Slum Boys have only one win compared to three for Wazito, while three matches have been drawn.

Both teams met earlier this season at Kasani Annex Stadium, where Mathare United won 1-0, with the lone goal of the match being netted by Daniel Otieno.