Mt. Kenya United are looking more and more, with each passing fixture, that they are destined for the drop to the NSL come the end of the season but according to head coach Mellis Medo, there is plenty of quality in the team to help them avoid relegation.
MKU suffered their 14th loss of the campaign on Saturday 16 March, when Vihiga United claimed a hard-fought 3-2 win in a round 18 league fixture played in Machakos. The demoralizing defeat left Medo’s side sitting bottom of the 18 team log with just 12 points from 17 games.
No team has tasted more losses nor conceded the most number of goals (33) than the side formerly known as Nakumatt FC. Their form is worrying but the advantage perhaps they have is that the teams above them are not fairing that much better.
MKU are just four points away from safety with their current woeful form and Medo, who helped orchestrate a relegation play-off victory over Ushuru FC last season when the side was in danger of going down, is confident that his team will retain their topflight status.
“We will not go down I am sure of that. Yes we are having a difficult season and positive results are hard to come by but we are good enough to survive,” the American told journalists after the loss to Vihiga.
“There is plenty of quality in this team and as you can see with our performance against Vihiga. We fought from 2-0 and could have snatched a point. Luck is also not on our side but we will keep working and I know we will have a positive ending.”
The rumour mill has it that the team is cash strapped and that the players have not been paid for the last two months with the players also said to have missed a combined total of five days training in the last two weeks.
The team will have a full week’s rest with the upcoming international break before their next piece of action with the break a welcomed destruction.
Next game will be against league leaders Sofapaka on Wednesday 27 with the clash seeing Medo come-up against the side he started the season with as head coach.