Mathare United FC and Mathare Youth FC might have struggled in their various leagues in 2011 but in actual sense they have much to smile about compared to many other of their competing teams.
2011 will be a year to remember for the teams’ sponsors, MYSA who saw their players and those they developed feature prominently in the country’s football circles.
Bob Munro is today probably the man with the broadest smile out there after seeing a number of his prodigies feature for both national teams, while at the same time winning important accolades as far as Kenya’s football is concerned.
Big representation internationally
In the national men’s soccer team, Mathare United was heavily represented by current and former players including the head coach Francis Kimanzi in doing duty for the country.
On the other side of the divide, the women’s soccer team which drew with Lesotho on Saturday 10 December to advance to the second round of the qualifiers had five regulars who ply their trade with Mathare United. These are Pauline Atieno, Margaret Wayua, Josephine Odhiambo, Susan Wairimu and Christine Nafula.
Mathare United players also collected awards in the recent Footballer of the Year gala with Antony Kimani walking away with the second runners up trophy for fair play while his counterpart Kevin Kimani was the most decorated, being named the player of the year at the event.
The former Kenyan Premier League champions also managed to secure an international transfer for one of their key players, defender Haevener Maloba who left for Swedish club Friska Viljor.