Caoch Xavier feels the Mathare heat, calls for defensive reinforcement

Caoch Xavier feels the Mathare heat, calls for defensive reinforcement

Mathare are among the various teams struggling financially since the withdrawal of the league sponsors last year which has condemned players to months without salaries and allowances.


Mathare United interim head coach Francis Xavier has called upon the management to allow him to sign at least a defender to strengthen the squad.

The former AFC Leopards player was given the assignment to rescue the 'Slum Boys' from relegation last week after the resignation of head coach Ezekiel Akwana following a run of poor results.

Mathare sit precariously on the table, occupying position 17 on the log, and according to Xavier, the real problem is in central defence which needs to be tightened up.

 “If you are very keen, there are simple mistakes that the boys are committing. For example, in my defence there are a lot of school boy mistakes which can easily be rectified should we have an experienced defender,” he explained. “The backline is somehow inexperienced and so what should be done is just to sign a new central defender to handle the boys at the back and we will avoid these defeats.”

They lost back to back on Thursday and Sunday to the same opponent, Leopards, at Nyayo Stadium and after just one match in charge, the man on the hot seat has started to feel the heat.

 “There are things we have done and we need to do more to start getting good results in our next matches. The boys attacked very well (against AFC Leopards) although we have not been clinical in front of goal and so these are some of the things we need to address so that we may start winning matches,” Xavier concluded.

Mathare are among the various teams struggling financially since the withdrawal of the league sponsors last year which has condemned players to months without salaries and allowances.

Last year they managed to evade the relegation axe under Coach Frank Ouna who left the club in September to join Musanze FC of Rwanda while this term they have already parted ways with Akwana for poor results and so far the future looks bleak.

But, will Xavier manage to turn around the fortunes?

 

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