BPL REVIEW: MATHARE, VIHIGA AND STIMA IN BIG TROUBLE

As the Betking Premier League (BPL) takes a two week break, we look at the bottom placed teams and why they are struggling despite massive signings.

Mathare United

The slum boys are rooted at the bottom with eight points and have picked up only one win so far. They were quite busy in the transfer window and signed nine new players with seven going out. They then signed two in the mid-season transfer window while two left (one of whom they had signed in November).

They have accumulated only three points in their last ten games although they recently appointed coach Frank Ouna to replace Salim Ali. In the three games their new manager has overseen, they have drawn once and lost twice. They have averaged only 0.47 points this season which is less than a third their total last season where their average was 1.50 points per game.

Even though they sold good players such as Kevin Kimani to Wazito and David Owino to KCB, they are massively underperforming. They finished eighth last season which is a far cry from their current position. This is their worst points per game return and they will hope their new manager will steady the ship after a couple more games to save them from relegation to the National Super League.

Verdict: Vey Bad

Vihiga United

They dispatched Kisumu all-stars to return to the premier league but their return has not been a rosy affair. They have struggled in attack and have scored the least goals (six) this season. They signed nine  new players in the mid-season transfer window while eight left. Their return in the last ten games is nothing to write home about (except the win against Gor Mahia) having scored twice and conceded 13 goals. Coach Mike Mururi recently took over from Sammy Okoth and he has managed three games with one draw and two losses.

They are averaging 0.67 points per game and although they averaged 1.94 points per game in the NSL last season, this season’s return is still less than their 0.76 points per game they averaged when they were relegated at the end of the 2018/19 season.

It is never too late for a change and it will be hoped their new coach will remedy their struggles in attack which are harming their survival chances. They might also be some concern since they have the joint most losses at home and it looks likely they’ll be in the NSL this coming season.

Verdict: Very Bad

Western Stima

They hold the record for the worst defense and they are very far from their seventh placed finish from last season. They were the busiest in the transfer market having signed 16 players with 20 going the other way in the main transfer window. They then signed 13 players (three  of whom had left in main transfer window) in the mid-season transfer while 12 left (seven of them had joined in the main transfer window).

They have accumulated seven points in their last ten games having won once, drawn four times and losing the rest. Coach Abdalla Juma replaced Paul Ogai earlier this year and the new coach is yet to win since taking over having drawn thrice and lost five  times. They have averaged 0.72 points per game this season which is less than half the 1.57 they averaged last season.

The fact that the new  coach has not gotten a win having been in charge for four months is worring. They are only one point from the relegation playoff zone and shoring up the defense might kickstart their ascent in the league standings.

Verdict: Very Bad

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