As Mathare United are preparing to face Western Stima at Kasarani Stadium, talisman James Kinyanjui is adamant that the Salim Ali-coached side will not get relegated from the FKF Premier League this season.
The striker is not scared about the Slum Boy’s chances of keeping their Premier League status come the end of the season.
“We are in a challenging position but not scared of the challenges, we shall manoeuvre and eventually prevail, we must stay focused, positive and keep fighting as a unit,” Kinyanjui said.
Mathare were recently reinstated to the FKF Premier League after they were suspended from the league for failure to endorse the broadcast deal between FKF and sponsors.
However, the slum boys have shown improvement, confidence and sharpness in their previous outing with the recent encounter against league leaders Tusker FC at the Kasarani stadium being a testimony.
“We lost lots of opportunities in those previous games, but our focus now are the upcoming games and If we hit top form, there will not be any reason for us not to stay up,” added Kinyanjui.
Mathare’s seeming improvements has been credited to new manager Salim Ali who replaced Francis Kimanzi in December.
”Coach Ali has played a huge role in helping the team remain a unit, he has a philosophy of working, and believes in it. That is important for players, if you feel the boss knows his plans and is confident, it pushes you to follow the steps.”
Kinyanjui’s agility, reading of the game and supreme attention to detail has marked him out as one of the promising strikers the national team, Harambee Stars, will look up to in future.
With ten goals to his name and over 20 assists to his name in last season’s FKF Premier League, Kinyanjui will be looking to replicate his fine form and turn around the fortunes of his club.
Mathare have a busy schedule taking on Western Stima, Nzoia Sugar and Kariobangi Sharks in a span of a week as they seek to avoid another disappointing outing and try to make a huge statement of intent.