Mathare United head coach frank Ouna insists the relation battle will go down to the wire despite his side being rooted to the bottom of the FKF Premier League standings for the greater part of the campaign.

The Slum Boys are glued to the bottom with only three wins in 24 games this season and with eight games to go and four points from safety, the tactician is not throwing in the towel just yet.

Mathare United have only managed three wins from 24 league games this season. PHOTO/SCREENGRAB

“It is still so much open. I think the three, four teams ahead of us I think are one or two points ahead of us. We cannot give up at this hour, I mean. Until it is mathematically done, I am still positive we will pull out of this zone,” Ouna said.

Mathare United were beaten 1-0 by Bidco United at the Thika Municipal Stadium on Thursday, their 16 loss in 24 outings this season, the former KCB head coach blaming their set piece vulnerability.

“They scored us a set piece goal. It shows that we defended very well. So when we cannot concede from open play then we should be very switched on and ready to defend free kicks,” he added.

Mathare United conceded a goal from a corner in the first half to lose 1-0 against Bidco United on Thursday. PHOTO/SCREENGRAB

Ouna replaced Salim Ali at Mathare United in May with the sole goal of keeping the 2008 champions in the top tier but that may seem a tall order as the season enters homestretch.

“We do not want to be in the relegation zone and we will work to move out. Ouna knows the task at hand, he’s job is to make sure that the team survives relegation this season,” Mathare United CEO Jectone Obure said when the 44-year-old was appointed on May 19.

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