Modo fires up Mathare ahead of Zoo test

Former Mathare United captain Anthony "Modo" Kimani is confident the lads can get a good result against Zoo Kericho on Sunday 2 July.

Former Mathard United captain Anthony Modo Kimani sees the Round 15 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match against Zoo Kericho slated for Sunday 2 July at the Kericho Green Stadium as a must win.

Kimani, 30, enjoyed a decade long career at the club he joined in 2003 as a teenager before rising through the ranks to lead the team to title glory as skipper in 2008. He then made an emotional exit to AFC Leopards in January 2013 on the back of financial hiccups at the club.

Having watched the lads hold his former employers to a barren draw last time out, Kimani insists that they have to dig deep to pick three points from the league newcomers Zoo Kericho who he described as “worthy” opponents.

Do or die

“The boys understand very well the position that the club is in and they know very well that we cannot afford any more slip ups. This is a do or die match for us. We need maximum points not just in this match but also in the matches that will follow. The only way to go is forward and that is by getting three points for our next four, five, six matches or so. This will get our confidence going and confidence is everything in football,” began Kimani.

While Kimani was heartened by the improved display against AFC Leopards, he was in no mood to revel in the positives of that draw. In fact he singles the lack of cutting edge in the final third as a gray area heading into our weekend assignment.

Big concern

“I think it’s still a big concern. That has been their major undoing in most of the matches I have watched in the first leg. They play brilliant football and create a lot of chances. In football it is very difficult to create a chance so if you can create then I don’t see why you should not score. They created a lot of good chances against AFC Leopards and they are getting closer by the day. Probably against Zoo Kericho is when the flood gates will open,” added Kimani with a hint of optimism.

Despite being an away match, Kimani has urged Mathare United fans to turn up in large numbers and rally behind the team as they seek to bag their second win on the road.

Rallying call

"Mathare United is struggling and this is the point where the fans should stand to be counted. The team needs them now more than ever. I urge all the fans out there who have stood with this club through thick and thin to turn up," concluded Kimani who now juggles his time between football punditry and his personal business.

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Former captain Anthony Kimani talks up the Round 15 match against Zoo Kericho.