Salim Ali not worried despite Mathare’s tough start to the season

Mathare United have started the season with two heavy defeats and after the latest one against Gor Mahia, head coach Salim Ali was quick to water down any talk of a crisis as he feels the lack of a proper pre-season is showing with his team’s performances.

Mathare were beaten 3-1 by Gor Mahia on Thursday in their second game of the season and have now conceded seven times after they went down 4-2 to Sofapaka in their season opener.

Match fitness

Having had the start to their season delayed by two months due to a protracted legal battle between the club and the league organizers, Mathare are now seeing the repercussions of that tussle as the lack of match fitness has been evident.

Speaking after the Gor game, Coach Salim enthused belief that his charges would come good with the first games acting now as their pre-season.

“We haven’t had a proper pre-season due to matters outside the pitch and that is why we are struggling. But before the season started for us I knew it would be tough and I gave myself the first four games to prepare the team,” the former Ulinzi Stars tactician offered.

New players

“We also have new players that we brought onboard and in the last two games we have given all of them their debuts. They will take time to settle but they have to do it quick as we cannot afford to be repeating the mistakes that we have been making,” he added.

Mathare started an entire backline of players making their debuts in the loss to Sofapaka and against Gor, maintained with the same defenders as well as a new target-man up-top.

They next take on Zoo FC on Monday at Kasarani hoping to right their wrongs and put their first points on the board.

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