The season’s first installment of the Slum Derby between Kariobangi Sharks and Mathare United will be contested this Saturday 27 September at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos and ahead of the game Sven Yidah has talked up his expectations for the match which includes a potential match-up against a childhood friend.
The Sharks man is a native of Kibra and so is Mathare’s David Owino with the two knowing each other well after growing up together.
Saturday’s clash will be the 7th between the two teams in the top tier. Sharks have been the most dominant with three wins to Mathare’s one and Yidah is hoping for more of the same with a bit of personal attachment to it.
“I would say that winning against David Owino will make me feel good,” the defensive midfielder is quoted as saying by the club’s official website, “We come from the same hood (Kibra) so I will feel good to have one over him and to be reminding him of it when we meet.”
The Kenyan U23 international also talked up what the Slum Derby means to him as well as his thinking going into Saturday’s game that is set for a 4:15PM kickoff and will be televised on KTN News.
“Your mentality must be that of a winner. In a derby that is very important. When you are a footballer, you know what derbies are like. You know what you have to do. You just have to win. You don’t need your teammates or your coach to tell you that.
“You know what the feeling is like in this kind of games. The passion, the rivalry amongst the fans, the pride of your team… especially when you have two teams coming from the same side of Nairobi City neighboring each other and with lots of history between them.
“In games like this one you want to give your everything to be a warrior and a fighter for your team. When everyone comes with that mentality then we will definitely have a good outing. I believe we are all coming with the right mentality tomorrow,” he opined.
Both teams have had contrasting starts to the new season. After three matches, Mathare lie 4th with five points while Sharks are 3rd from bottom with two points.