Kenya: Is It the Start of the End for Mathare United?

Nairobi — For the primary time in its historical past, Mathare United will on Sunday afternoon forfeit a Premier League match, because of the dire lack of funds to run its operations, following years of struggles.

If certainly they don’t stroll into the Kasarani Annex to face Bandari FC, Mathare, who’re already battling relegation on the backside of the FKF Premier League standings, will probably be two different matches away from being formally relegated, in the event that they hand walkovers once more.

In a damning launch by proprietor and chairman Bob Munro, the membership says it will possibly not afford to run its actions, and in keeping with a supply inside the membership, if they’re relegated, then it could be the beginning of the top of the 2008 league champions.

“Today, sadly, our team is financially unable to host and honour a match for the first time since we started playing in the FKF leagues 28 years ago,” a press assertion from Munro learn partially.

It provides; “Today is a sad day in the 35-year history of the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) and Mathare United FC (MUFC). lt’s an especially sad and even painful day for me and the MUFC staff, coaches, players and their families as well as for the tens of thousands of youth in the Mathare and neighbouring slums who dream of helping themselves and their families escape poverty by someday playing for Mathare United.”

Munro, additional goes on responsible the membership’s monetary woes on the previous Football Kenya Federation (FKF) workplace, saying their alleged hostile take over of the league actions, the enlargement of the league to 18 groups which subsequently led to the exit of broadcast sponsors Supersport and their alleged failure to pay membership’s royalties from their final broadcast sponsorship are causes for his or her present predicament.