Massive exits have rocked Mathare United in the recent days after Salim Ali, last season’s coach, and his deputy Stanley Okumbi went through the exit door. The latest on the ‘out’ list is the team’s long serving dedicated employee Jeff Maina.
Maina has had an illustrous career with the 2008 champions, rising through the ranks from his first kick of the ball as a MYSA player in 1987, and feels he needs time with his family as well as a fresher challenge.
He was United’s assistant coach alongside Stanley Okumbi last year before assuming the team manager’s role in the second half of the season. He started coaching at Mathare Youth FC in 2000 and even oversaw their promotion to the preemier league in 2008, though they couldn’t survive the chop that year.
Norge at 11
Maina, who served under both Francis Kimanzi and Salim Ali has been the Mathare United deputy for three years and was among the first lot to ever grace the Norway Cup tournament which MYSA sends representatives annually. At the time he was the youngest in the team, at 11 years old in the under 18 team.
Jeff Maina is a father of three, all boys, and he says this move is meant to ensure he bonds well with his young family as he has always wished to strengthen his family ties.