For the 13th time in 17 years, Mathare United will host Nairobi City Stars in the premier league, this time in a matchday 31 tie on Saturday 7 August 2021 at Ruaraka starting at 1 pm.
It will only be the second time that Mathare United will host City Stars at Ruaraka. The first time was back in August 2007 when, while known as World Hope, City Stars won the game 1-0. Defender Donald Mosoti scored the winner.
NEXT MATCH | FKF-PL Round 31
🗓 | Saturday 7th August 2021
🆚 Mathare United FC
🏆 | FKF-PL
⏰ | 1500 EAT
🏟 | Ruaraka Grounds #𝕊𝕚𝕞𝕓𝕒𝕎𝕒ℕ𝕒𝕚𝕣𝕠𝕓𝕚
BETTER MUST COME
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— Official Nairobi City Stars Fc (@NrbCityStars) August 5, 2021
Mathare United last hosted City Stars in March 2016 at Nyayo Stadium in a game they went on to lose 2-0 from goals scored by Ezekiel Odera and Oscar Mbugua. At the end of that season City Stars was sent packing from the top flight to the second tier.
Five years later Odera is still in the mix for another showdown with Mathare United.
Ahead of the Saturday fight, Mathare United calls the shots in their home games against the lads from Kawangware. From the previous 12 games away to Mathare, City Stars has managed two wins, drawn three, and lost seven.
In those games, Simba wa Nairobi has scored nine times against Mathare’s 19.
Both sides have personnel changes on the touchline for the reverse.
During the first leg played at Kasarani Annex in early March 2021, Bosnian Sanjin Alagic and Salim Ali were the coaches for City Stars and Mathare United. City Stars won that game 2-0.
That has since changed and John Amboko and Frank Ouna are the men in charge, respectively.
Both sides are on a high having won their last two premier league games.
— Betking Kenya Premier League (@Officialfkfpl) August 6, 2021
But while Nairobi City Stars is up third on the log with 44 points, Mathare is down 15th less than half that tally, 21 points.
— Betking Kenya Premier League (@Officialfkfpl) August 4, 2021
Who will blink first in Ruaraka?
KPL Away games to Mathare United; Wins (2), Draws (3), Loses (7)
11-Dec-04; Mathare United vs World, 2-2 (D)
19-Mar-06; Mathare United vs World Hope, 4-1 (L)
5-Aug-07; Mathare United vs World Hope, 0-1 (W)
25-May-08; Mathare United vs World Hope, 2-1 (L)
18-Feb-09; Mathare United vs City Stars, 3-0 (L)
24-Jul-10; Mathare United vs City Stars, 2-0 (L)
9-Jul-11; Mathare United vs City Stars, 0-0 (D)
24-Mar-12; Mathare United vs City Stars, 1-0 (L)
7-Jul-13; Mathare United vs City Stars, 2-2 (D)
11-May-14; Mathare United vs City Stars, 1-0 (L)
5-Apr-15; Mathare United vs City Stars, 2-0 (L)
30-Mar-16; Mathare United vs World Hope, 0-2 (W)