Ochi: Sympathies for Chemelil but we have a job to do

Chris Ochieng scored the only goal of the game when Mathare United last faced off with Chemelil Sugar away

Chris Ochieng has urged the rest of his teammates to only think about getting a win on Sunday against Chemelil Sugar when Mathare United travel to Muhoroni for round 11 of the KPL and not think about the financial struggles that the Millers are currently facing.

Chemelil are on the brink of being disqualified from the league having already granted two walkovers and a third one could see them join fellow millers Sony Sugar, who have already dished out three walkovers, out of the top tier.


The repercussions from Sony’s relegation have been felt all over the league even at Mathare where the matchday 9, 3-2 win in Awendo, has been wiped off to see Salim Ali’s charges drop down to 9th on the standings with 14 points.

Even though the same fate could befall cash strapped Chemelil, Ochieng has called on his fellow teammates to focus only on delivering on the pitch and not on matters that could be beyond their control.

“We sympathize with Sony and Chemelil and every other team going through difficult times. It is a sad affair but as a team we have a job to do and we will do it.

“Thinking about whether they (Chemelil) will remain in the league or not, or if we might get a positive result against them then later be stripped of it like what has happened with Sony should not be in our minds. We only need to focus on getting a win tomorrow and hope that Chemelil find a win to maintain in the league.”

Lone strike

Ochieng scored the lone strike when we last faced Chemelil away and though he hasn’t found the net this season, with injury playing a part in this, he is hoping to get going against tomorrow’s opponents.

“Every game is a chance for us strikers to score goals and so I am hoping that when I get called upon by the coach that I will deliver.

“Physically I am feeling good. The injury took a bit away from me but now I am in shape and just bidding my time,” he said.

Mathare will be without Klinsman Omulanga for Sunday’s game with the forward having injured his right knee in the defeat to Sofapaka.