Former Harambee Stars winger Paul Were has vowed to help Mathare United regain its place in the top tier Football Kenya Federation Premier League after completing his switch to the Slum Boys on Thursday morning.
The experienced player was among the four new signings to be unveiled by the 2008 Kenya Premier League champions, marking his return to the club after fourteen years.
“Mathare United has today confirmed the signing of four players who will be part of the current squad for the remainder of the 2023/24 season.
The four are; Paul Were, Gideon Ogweno, Starlon Odhiambo, and Hilary Kiprotich. These latest acquisitions make it 11 signings for us during this mid-season window,” Mathare announced.
“Were is a Kenyan international who has played for Tusker and AFC Leopards locally as well as a host of other teams in Africa and Europe.
Part of Kenya’s squad at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Were’s experience will be key in our bid to return to the Premier League. The speedy winger was last attached to Rayon Sport of Rwanda,” the club added.
Speaking shortly after his unveiling, Were, who started his career at Mathare Youth before a career that saw him play for Tusker and AFC Leopards locally before stints in South Africa, Rwanda and Greece, revealed his target after signing on the dotted line.
“It feels good to rejoin Mathare after more than ten years. I aim to score as much as I can and play any other role on the pitch that will enable the team to secure promotion,” he said.
“I was expecting a move back to Europe but things didn’t work out. Mathare approached me and asked me to help the team secure promotion. I felt it was a good move for me to play rather than being a free agent,” he stated.
Mathare were relegated last season after finishing second from bottom in the top tier but appear to be on course for promotion as the Leonard Odipo-coached side is ranked second behind Naivas after eighteen matches played.
Naivas are leading the log on 42 points with Mathare next on 40 points.