After over a fifty day absence of footballing action in the country, match day 17, elatedly, marked the full resumption of the BetKing Premier League this past weekend. With eight games on the cards, the 16 teams lined up for action took little to no time getting back on the turf. After completion of all the matches yesterday, we navigate you through the happenings over the significant weekend.
Blunt Shooting Boots
Match day 17, unsurprisingly, witnessed a very low conversion rate in front of goal. Out of the eight games played, a total of only nine goals were scored across the various matches, an average of just one goal per match.
Also, out of the 16 teams involved in the opening weekend, only 8 teams managed to find the back of the net, Sofapaka FC being the only team that managed to get the ball past the opponent’s goalkeeper on two different occasions, with the remaining teams that managed to score, doing so only once.
Title race comes alive
Prior to the resumption of the league, Tusker FC had a four point advantage at the top. After failing to take advantage of a 10-man KCB FC in a match that ended 0-0 at Ruaraka Grounds, that gap was reduced to only two points.
Currently, AFC Leopards sit in second place, but the Patrick Aussems coached side have a game in hand, which means that we could have a new name at the top of the table should Ingwe win their rescheduled match.
Besides that, top positioned Tusker and fourth placed KCB are separated by only four points as at now because KCB are also yet to play their game in hand. You know what that means – the title race is all but truly on!
Which way Mathare United?
Yet another day, yet another missed opportunity for Mathare United to close the ground between them and relegation worries. The slum boys drew 0-0 with a Vihiga United side that was in turmoil as they had sacked their head coach just hours to the game. With the point from the game, Mathare still remained rooted deep in the relegation territory on seven points, five adrift from anywhere near the safety talk.
It has largely been an underwhelming season for the Salim Ali led charges as they boast of the poorest records in the league. They are the only team with a single win – the least in the entire league – and are also the only team with highest number of defeats – 9.
Fresh starts in the air?
Of the traditional ‘big names’ in the league, two clubs in Gor Mahia and Sofapaka have endured difficult spells in this season’s campaign. Ahead of match day 17, defending champions Gor and 2009 champions Sofapaka sat in 8th and 12th respectively on the league standings. After successfully overcoming their challenges over the weekend, the teams finished the match day in 6th and 9th position as their determined plot to get their groove back kicks on.
If their opening games were anything to go by, we are in for a treat. For now, all we can do is to wait and see how events unfold in our favourite league.
Until then, enjoy the game!