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Mathare unfazed by departures



Mathare United team manager William Muluya believes that the exit of players from the team during the current transfer window will not sabotage their ambitions.

The side has already lost first-choice goalkeeper Martin Musalia to AFC Leopards, top striker Francis Ouma to Sony Sugar FC, as well as Andrew Tololwa and Jesse Were to Tusker FC.

According to Muluya, the slots left vacant by the departing players has created an opportunity for the club’s young talent to showcase their qualities.

“I can assure you, we have other quality players. The team has always been strong since there emerged other quality players. I don’t feel the departure of the said players will affect us. We have many players who could not get a chance to play but they have been very good in training,” said Muluya.

To give further weight to his sentiment, Muluya pointed out the side were strong even when some of their big-name players were not featuring.

“For instance, Musalia was injured for the better part of last season and the team even registered impressive results. We have two other goalkeepers Robert Mboya and Malcolm Barnabas who has been with the team for the last three years. Obviously we shall miss them as our former players but I believe they will create better opportunities for other players,” said Muluya.

After struggling through the first leg, Mathare closed the 2012 season ranked eighth in the Kenyan Premier League.

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