The month of April and the beginning of the month of May has seen the team struggle for form in a win-less run of nine matches losing three and drawing in six. A combination of injuries and hard luck has been the story of this bad spell.
However, Duke Abuya remains buoyant despite the bad run insisting that it has even brought them together like never before;
“We are a family, and a crisis can either break a family or unite a family. For us, it has united us more than ever. We are all together in this and we understand that we must do everything in our power to end the bad run. There is no time to mourn; it’s just work, work and work.”
The midfielder believes that the history of derbies in football is a positive thing going into the slum derby as form rarely matters in such matches. It is therefore, in his opinion, the opportunity to bounce back;
“We know they are doing well recently but that is not a cause for panic. If you look at derbies everywhere, the form rarely counts. It’s about the 90 minutes and what you are going to do in it. We want walk in there tomorrow with confidence and urgency and fight for this badge. I believe that this is the perfect opportunity to turn things around and have a strong end to the season.”
The midfielder, himself, a former Mathare United player relishes another chance to play against his former club and is looking forward to grab a goal just like he did in the 2nd Slum Derby back in 2017;
“It is always a special game for me because I still have friends there and memories of my time there are still fresh. I have scored once against them and I would love to repeat that again tomorrow for the good of the team.”
The match kicks off at 3:00PM at the Kasarani Stadium and the bragging rights of the Ghetto will be at stake.