NAIROBI, Kenya- Innocent Mutiso believes Mathare United FC can upset league leaders Gor Mahia FC in the Round 29 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) match to be played on Saturday.
Mutiso, who now works as a pundit for Bamba Sports, played for both clubs during his short playing career that was halted by a nagging knee injury.
He joined Gor Mahia in January 2013 after spending more than five years at Mathare.
The dynamics surrounding this fixture make for an interesting and decisive match. While Gor need a win of any kind to be crowned champions, the hosts need maximum points to steer clear of the relegation zone.
With the first leg having ended in the Slum Boys favour courtesy of Cliff Nyakeya’s solitary goal, Mutiso is confident that the hosts can produce a carbon copy at Thika tomorrow.
“This is a different ball game at the Thika Stadium. Any team that goes there is not assured of victory regardless of form. Mathare United will want more from this game than Gor. It will be a tough game and it will be all about nerves. The boys need to keep their composure and they will win this match,” began Mutiso.
“Mathare should have a Plan B. Gor Mahia find it hard to play at Thika and they struggle to score there.
“This is not a match to play beautiful football. It is a match where you go and grind a result. Keeping a clean sheet will be very vital. One point is good for them, three points will be a bonus,” he added.
Ideally Francis Kimanzi’s charges need to hit the 36 points mark to be assured of safety and Mutiso is optimistic that they will avoid the chop. However he has warned that they have to produce their A game in the remaining six matches.
“I’m expecting Mathare United to avoid relegation. The other teams in the relegation zone have tough fixtures but that does not mean they should be complacent.
“They should take each game as a final. If Mathare get relegated it will be very bad for football in Kenya because they have the best football foundation in the country,” concluded the former Kenyan international.
Should Gor win tomorrow they will establish an unassailable lead ahead of second placed Sofapaka FC, still with a game in hand against Ulinzi Stars.