Former Kenya Premier champions Mathare United have explained the reasons behind their forfeiture of three league matches.
The Slum Boys have endured a torrid season in the league, with their position made worse by recent financial constraints.
This led to the team forfeiting their first match on April 23rd against Bandari FC, which was their first since it started featuring in the top league 28 years ago.
A statement from the club founder and chairman Bob Munro on Monday sought to further explain the club’s financial position.
“Since the 2021-22 season started eight months ago, our club only managed to continue playing due to four key reasons; donations and loans from sympathetic friends, the patience of our services providers, the rigorous control/cutting of our costs, and understanding and sacrifices from our increasingly desperate players, staffing and their over 200 dependents and innocent family members,” read part of the statement.
Munro noted that the reason that there hasn’t been any sponsor for any club since 2020 is that many companies cut their pre-pandemic marketing and sponsorship budgets and the increasingly negative publicity about FKF.
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🗞️ | Club statement on the forfeiture of three league matches and the reasons behind this historic low#GreatnessWithin pic.twitter.com/ZspZPC8hJ3
— Mathare United FC (@MathareUtd) May 9, 2022
The Slum Boys have promised to be back stronger next season.