We are one and the same with Sharks, says Juma

Andrew Juma believes games against Kariobangi Sharks have grown in intensity with every passing encounter.

Mathare United defender Andrew Juma says games against Kariobangi Sharks are some of the toughest encounters due to the similarities in playing styles of both teams.

United will play host in the season’s second installment of the Slum Derby at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday and ahead of the 3PM kickoff tie, Juma has shared on what he expects.

“A Mathare United and Kariobangi Sharks game does not have substantial history in the local scene as there are very few games that have been played between the two teams. But ever since the first topflight game was played the tensions and excitement has gradually built up,” Juma, popularly referred to as Roma by his peers shared.

True derby

“It has become a true derby in such a short period of time and this is down to the proximity of the two teams geographically and similarities in playing styles. We are one and the same to put it simply.”

Seven matches have been played between the two teams in the topflight since Sharks’ maiden season in the KPL back in 2017 and it is tomorrow’s visitors who have had the most success, winning three of those encounters with another three ending in draws.

“Playing a team with a similar playing style as yours is always difficult to maneuver. It is why both teams have had to settle for draws most of the time. Plus Sharks have a lot of players who have been at Mathare before and who some of us know quite well from an early age.

More hyped

“The only change I expect from tomorrow’s game is for it to be more hyped than the previous ones. It will be an all-out tactical display. The coach has told us what he expects from us and we are ready,” he said.

Both teams will come into the game off the back of contrasting fortunes with United suffering defeat at the hands of Western Stima in midweek while Sharks secured maximum points for only the second time this season as they defeated Bandari FC.

The season’s first encounter saw both teams play to a 0-0 scoreline.

A win tomorrow will have United, who have a game in hand, move up to 8th on the standings with 24 points.