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Kimani places hopes on recruits

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 15- Mathare United captain Anthony Kimani believes the club’s new signings will help them regain the Kenya Premier League (KPL) title.

Kimani told Capital Sport on Tuesday that his side have learnt from their mistakes last term and have worked on key elements in their game in order to reaffirm their status as season contenders.

“We were abit blunt upfront. We weren’t scoring as many goals as we used to which was our major undoing last season,” said Kimani.

The 2008 champions finished sixth last year in a campaign that included an amazing 18 draws, five losses and seven victories.

“Our coach has been working on our finishing and the players we have signed are giving us a boost upfront. Hopefully this season we are going to score more goals,” said Kimani.

Mathare have signed George Ochieng, Joseph Odhiambo, Titus Omondi and Victor Amboka.

They have also signed former Posta Rangers goalkeeper Joeph Ruto who will serve as a backup to Martin Musalia.

“We’re very optimistic this season. We’ve signed players with a lot of potential. Last season we didn’t perform as well as we wanted but the coaches and ourselves have been working very hard to make us better,” said Kimani.

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The defender who spoke after his club received a five million shilling sponsorship package from REAL Insurance added that they have put the departure of Francis Kimanzi behind them and are forging ahead with their campaign.

“He (Kimanzi) left a very rich philosophy in this team and I’m sure its not going to go anywhere, because him and our current coach (Salim Ali) have been to the same coaching school and have the same theories and philosophy. Coach Ali is very able and I’m sure is going to fit into the shoes of Kimanzi,” said Kimani.

REAL Insurance will be involved in the MYSA community based programmes encompassing AIDS awareness programmes, environmental clean ups, schools and libraries initiatives and encouraging football nuturing at the grass root level of the MYSA 16 zones comprising 25,000 MYSA trainees.


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