Mathare United have three players selected in the Harambee Stars Under 23 squad to face Botswana this weekend in Gaborone for the first leg of their Olympic Games qualifier.
Robert Mboya and Harrison Mwendwa who both made their full international debuts last season have been joined by Robinson Mwangi in the 31-member squad.
They have been joined by defender Robinson Mwangi who has impressed since joining the Slum Boys at the start of last season.
The Olympic qualifiers come just months before the Harambee Stars start their campaign to qualifie for the AFCON Cup of Nations.
Kenya joins Zambia, Congo Brazzaville and Guinea Bissau in Group E of the AFCON qualifies.
Mathare United were handed a 1-1 draw thanks to Arthur Weyula’s own goal as Mathare United faced Sony Sugar at the Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
Amos Asembeka scored for Sony Sugar on the 30th minute to give his side the lead after breaking free from the Slum Boy’s defence.
The own goal, came on the hour mark when the Slum Boys were able to peg the scores level after Arthur Weyula put the ball in the back of his own neck.
Stanley Okumbi’s side face the Ulinzi Stars in their next match on 25 April.
Afterdeck suffering their second defeat of the season, Mathare United Head Coach Stanley Okumbi is expecting another difficulty task when his side face Ony Sugar today in the Tusker Premier League.
‘Our match with song last season was rated amongst the best in the league,’ Okumbi said.
‘Our team is in good shape and has put the defeat to Ushuru FC behind us. We look forward to another good match.
‘They made some good aquesitions during the transfer window and always have some of the best players.
‘I expect my players to rise to the occasion during the match, they have trained well and I expect a positive result from them.’
The squad is only missing Bernard Omondi who is yet to resume training following his surgery while Kassim Mohammed is expected back befor the end of the month.
Mathare United lost only their second match of the season after conceding a late penalty at the Nyayo Stadium in the Tusker Premier League.
The Slum Boys started brightly with Eric Mata going close in the opening minutes before Harrison Mwendwa then hit the post after ten minutes.
Ushuru FC shuffled their pack during the first half when they brought on Ugandan Allan Katerega to add some extra muscle to their midfield.
Just before the end of the first half Otieno was fouled in the penalty box and set-piece specialist Noah Abich stepped up to score the first goal of the game.
A lively looking Ushuru started the second half only for Eric Mata to again come close, only for his shot to be stopped by Ushuru keeper Samuel Odhiambo.
Mathare United’s shot stopping hero Robert Mboya was then called into action, saving from Allan Keteregga only for his second attempt to beat the keeper to bring the scores level.
Twelve minutes from the end of the game 38-year old Edgar Oohing brought down Katerega in the area and a penalty was awarded. Obadiah Ndege took the set-peice and scored with the game finished Ushuru FC 2-1 Mathare United.
The Slum Boys now sit 9th in the log.
Mathare United face Ushuru FC this afternoon at the Nyayo Stadium in the Tusker Premier League with Head Coach Stanley Okumbi paying credit to his opposing counterpart Ken Kenyatta.
“Ushuru is a very good side with an experienced coach in Ken Kenyatta,” said Okumbi.
“They had very good signings during the transfer window and they have acquired some of the best players who have been in the league and the game for quite sometime.”
The Slum Boys were unable to make any of their chances pay against KCB at the weekend then they played out a 0-0 draw and believes that this will be another difficult challenge.
“Ushuru has always been known to have good attackers in Moses Arita, Blaty, Okwemba, Hussein Mohammed, just to mention a few,” said Okumbi.
“They have players who are capable of handling the ball in any situation. I expect them to play, as they are also very good in passing. This one will be a very entertaining match from the teams.”
This season has seen MUFC being credit with playing some of the best football in recent years, Okumbi puts down the attacking passing style of play down to the MYSA system.
“MUFC posses this quality right from its junior levels and it is one of the character that guides the team and its players,” Okumbi said.
“Keeping possession for us is more for our development of players with an aim of making the team to have reputable results too that will see it attain recognition as one of the best team in the league through its performance.”
Last year Ushuru FC finished 12th in the league, they were able to beat the Slum Boys when the two sides met in May while Mathare United were able to gain a 2-0 victory when the sides met at Nyayo Stadium in September.
Duncan Mudaki will be the referee for the match.
Mathare United continued their unbeaten run as they goaless drew with KCB at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.
The Slum Boys had the first real chance of the game when Robinson Kamura looked to score another well taken free kick, but this time Zachary Onyango in the KCB goal was able to turn it away for a corner.
Further chances came from a Noah Abich corner, but despite the fluid passing from the Slum Boys, KCB did have a chance on goal in the 31st minute when Oyoo was unlucky not to put away Musana’s cross.
Both sides had chances to go forward in the second half, but only KCB came near on the 86th minute with Chris Onyango coming close to breaking the deadlock.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Mathare United completed 78% of their passes (214)
Mathare United will be looking to continue their successful start of the season when they face KCB this Saturday in their Tusker Premier League.
So far the Slum Boys have scored nine goals in five goals with their strikers looking in fine form with Head Coach Stanley Okumbi crediting the attacks with improving over previous campaigns.
“They have accepted the challenge of learning and making it a performing atmosphere amongst themselves,” said Okumbi.
“They have also accepted the fact that for the team to perform ,they need to be at their level best and hence good records from them so far.
“Any good team is built on unity amongst the members, my players being intact means a growth in experience, that’s why there is a lot of cohesion in the playing unit and this serves as the biggest motivator.”
Their opponents on Saturday, KCB have only once this campaign but Okumbi is aware of their skills ahead of the fixture.
“KCB has emerged as one of the formidable team in this league,” said Okumbi.
“They have very good quality players with very good coaches that makes any match match against them very challenging.
“I will urge my players to stay calm and have full concentration by weighing all their actions in the field just to be sure of a positive outcome.”
Mathare United pulled off another impressive victory, this time against Nairobi City Stars, moving the Club up to the top five in the log.
Kenyan international and one of the shinning stars of the Slum Boys campaign last season Harrison Mwendwa scored the opening goal after dripping past three Nairobi City Stars defenders.
The second goal came after Robinson Mwangi scored a stunning 50 metre free kick.
So far the Slum Boys have played three of the top five teams in last years competition, their next game is against KCB this coming weekend.
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Daniel Mwaura scored for Mathare United as they earned a draw against Sofapaka at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi.
Both Eric Mata and Daniel Mwaura had chances in the first twenty minutes of the match. Mwaura scored for the Slum Boys when he was able to tap in from Noah Abich’s corner kick.
The game turned in the 35th minute when Edgar Ochieng was judged to have committed a foul in the area and a penalty was awarded to Sofapaka. Fiston Abdul Razak took the penalty to bring the scores level.
The remainder of the game saw Abich hit the post and Harrison Mwendwa come close. The game finished 1-1, Mathare United now sit 9th in the log on five points after four games.