With so little interest in local football its quite a shame that next weekend’s claimacyic showdown between Mathare United and Tusker FC will probably for all intents and purposes go unnoticed as Nairobi’s numerous football fans choose to ignore the clash of two the city’s more succesfully run teams to flock to bars and restaurants to watch the English premier league.
This match which will be Mathare’s last before they call it a day for this season will be a judgement day of sorts for a side who despite their relative success in the cup, sound structure and squad strenght have yet to taste sucess in the league, against a side that represents one of the last of a generation of dead or dying football clubs that for many a decade once bestrode the Kenyan football scene raking up local and regional trophies and attracting hordes of passionate if not riotous fans to venues such as City Stadium and Kasarani (which incidentally will be the host of this weekends clash). A win for Mathare United would take them to 58 points, effectively too much for second placed Sony Sugar to get even if they win their last match but if Tusker win their last two matches after this encounter then they will still be able to sneak ahead of Mathare by a single point.
Tusker FC on the other hand are looking to re-establish a level of dominance in local club football that, considering their overall stature and the decline of most of the football clubs with the tradition to match theirs, has largely evaded them of late. A win would almost certainly put them in the driving seat and with league lead striker Allan Wanga about to leave to further his career with Angola’s Petro Atletico a league championship would most certainly be an ideal for theman who’s prowess in front of goal probably deserves a chance to shine for the national team
Defending champions Sony Sugar who, despite their being second on the table, stand only a slim chance of retaining the title do not play this weekend after seeing off Gor Mahia midweek and will almost be backing Tusker to cause Mathare United to slip up if their are to still be in the title on the final matchday. The basement battle see’s Homegrown on 29 points who have already completed their season sweating on the results of the three teams behind them who can still mathematically condemn them to the bottom the log.