Muhoroni Youth are literally down – they are at the bottom of the league table – but their team manager Jefferson Odongo says they are certainly not out.

Odongo admits that a myriad of challenges, chief among them financial constraints, have made their fight against relegation more difficult, but that the team is still focused on the battle to avoid the drop.

“These are hard times for the club. There are those (players) who have quit the team, and only the very strong mentally are left with us,” he said.

“Muhoroni Sugar is undergoing problems of their own because there is a shortage of sugarcane all over the country, so they haven’t been as forthcoming as they used to. That’s the other problem.

“The players are, however, eager to play and to avoid relegation. They are the ones who usually come up with ideas, and motivate themselves every time we have a game,” he said.

Muhoroni, the reigning KPL Top Eight Knockout champions, showed that they still have a sting in them when they beat Nakumatt 4-3 on Saturday.

But times are hard. Muhoroni have been confined to the lower regions of the table since the beginning of the season, a situation that was precipitated by a combination of factors including mass departure of key players who could not be suitably replaced because of the clubs precarious financial situation.

The club’s major sponsor Muhoroni Sugar have not injected any money to the team’s kitty for the last four months an official said.

“We had decided that we must take charge and start making things work, starting with our match against Nakumatt. Winning that match was quite a boost for the players and we look forward to similar results in the coming games,” Odongo said.

Muhoroni have exactly eight games to rescue their 2017 season.