Mathare Utd coach Stanley Okumbi: We have prepared well ahead of season kick-off

The 'slum boys' lost a record 22 players last season and managed to retain only four of their regulars but the tactician says his new squad is ready

Despite failing to win Saturday’s Kenya Power Charity Cup, Mathare United coach Stanley Okumbi says the tournament helped him identify his starting line-up ahead of the new season.

United lost their first match 2-1 to Gor Mahia and stayed out of contention for the title. Despite this, Okumbi says his charges put up a great performance something that has helped him come up with a starting line-up.

“Overall I am satisfied with the performance of the team because most of the players are new. I only had four players who were our regulars last season and their performance has helped me build my first team for the new season."

United lost a record 22 players last season and retained only four of their regular starters among them Dennis Nzomo, Gabriel Nduro, Kevin Ato and Lloyd Wahome.

The team carried out trials from the beginning of the year and has brought on board both new and experienced players with some like former Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin 'Master' Ochieng returning to the club.

United will be trying to improve on last season’s eighth place finish in the league. Club chairman Bob Munro confirmed that Real Insurance are back as shirt sponsors for another year as they work hard to attract more support to the team.