The Slum Boys have had an uneventful Kenyan Premier League season thus far, struggling to gain any sort of momentum. The 2008 KPL champions have dropped to as low as second bottom in the league at times, unnaceptable for a club of their stature.
A players strike over unpaid salaries and persistent injuries to key players have also slowed their progress and speaking to Futaa.com, before the club's KPL clash with Congo United, coach Ali is looking to finish the season with a flourish.
-It has not been a good season at all. We have been in places that we are not used to. It has been a trying period for us and everyone involved with Mathare United.
-The performances have not been good, but so have the injuries to key players. We have suffered from an awkward season, he complained.
Their opponents tonight Congo, are just six points behind Ali's men, meaning the coach knows the full value of collecting three points this evening.
-We need the three points because losing will put us in a bad position. We have injuries again to our captain and best striker, but we have to deal with it and get the points.
-It shows what our season has been like so far. We have to battle and make sure we finish in a good position, then we can think about next year, he consoled.
Mathare are in position 13 in the league and will still maintain their position, regardless of their result against Congo.