The season’s second installment of the Slum Derby is upon us and rivals Kariobangi Sharks and Mathare United will go head to head again on Wednesday at the Thika Stadium starting 1pm.
This fixture has been contested for four years now, since Sharks’ promotion to the topflight at the start of the 2017 season. Tomorrow’s early kickoff will hold more meaning than the usual bragging rights, especially for Mathare.
Sharks’ “big brother” are having a season to forget, one that is threatening their topflight status. The 2008 league champs are rooted at the bottom of the log with five rounds left to play and need every win they can master if they are to survive.
Mathare have two games in hand on Vihiga United, sitting two points above them, and one on Western Stima who are three points above. A win tomorrow will have them move out of the relegation zone completely given their superior goal difference to that of Stima.
Sharks on their hand are faring much better and sit in 4th place with 44 points, 11 adrift of top spot. Their title hopes have waned recently but will be keen to fight it out until the final round.
William Muluya’s men won the first-leg match-up 2-1 to take the lead as the most successful side in the derby with four wins to Mathare’s two in the nine matches contested thus far in the topflight.