Slum Boys Mathare United Football Club, alongside Western Stima FC and Gor Mahia FC, are the only sides to stay undefeated five matches into the 2019/20 Kenyan Premier League season.
United though, unlike their undefeated peers, are placed 10th on the 18-team log and have won once.
The other four matches have all ended in draws, the latest being a 2-2 draw with Wazito FC on Saturday and Coach Salim Ali believes they should have walked away with the three points after such a brilliant display.
”I am disappointed of course, frustrated that we played well, took the lead twice but could not quite see out the win. I see it as a setback even though we did not lose and we have to work even harder to make sure that when we are in a position to win a match, we make sure that we do just that,” the coach us quoted by his club’s official website.
United’s opening five matches pitted them against Ulinzi Stars, Bandari FC, Tusker FC, Kariobangi Sharks and Wazito FC, all of them potential title contenders and Salim knew this. A cautious start was necessary. Despite sharing the spoils with four of those bigwigs, they managed to grab a win over Soldiers Ulinzi Stars.
”When the fixture list was announced we knew we had to be at our best from day one because all of the five teams we have faced so far are potential title challengers,” adds the former Ulinzi Stars tactician.
”I believe we have had the most grueling of starts and to remain unbeaten in this period is an achievement in itself. There have been plenty of positives so we have to keep this up as well as iron out the mistakes that have denied us wins.”
The KPL goes on a break, one the Slum Boys take in with relief after such a start. After the International break, they will resume action against Kisumu All Stars who are yet to win a match in the top flight since earning promotion. This will be on October 19.
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