Things have started to look up for Mathare United where belief in their survival hopes has gotten stronger by the round, but as matchday 31 of the FKFPL prepares to commence on Saturday, this new found hope will be put to the test by a team experiencing its best season in the topflight yet.
Nairobi City Stars will provide the opposition for Mathare on Saturday in the day’s early kickoff at the Ruaraka grounds and only two teams so far in the campaign have performed better than the Kawangware based side.
Back in the topflight after spending the last five years in the second division, City Stars are having a remarkable season where they find themselves 3rd on the standings heading into the final three rounds of play (for most teams).
They have won the 4th most number of games at 12 victories and come into Saturday’s game having just lost two of their last 12 matches.
Mathare on the other hand have struggled to string up positive results with their last two wins against Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka being the only time this season that they have managed to go two games without a loss.
This purple patch has seen the Slumboys move off of the bottom of the standings and out of the relegation zone but with little breathing room as it is only goal difference that is keeping them afloat.
Possessing a game in hand on the teams below them, Mathare have destiny in their hands and will be keen to make sure this doesn’t slip from their grasp starting with tomorrow’s showdown.
City Stars won the first-leg match-up 2-0 at the Kasarani Stadium and this should be extra motivation for Mathare to try and get one over tomorrow’s opponents.