FIVE KEY THINGS FROM WEEKEND MATCHES

Gor Mahia Shocked

Gor Mahia had won seven games in a row, the joint longest run in the league but were held to a barren draw in the midweek fixture.

Their unbeaten run of eight games was then brought to a halt by struggling Western Stima.

They went behind shortly after kickoff and it was the first goal they had conceded in 490 minutes of play since Titus Achesa scored for Sofapaka in a 2-1 loss five weeks ago.

They remain six points off the summit but with the league still having a long way to go, they have a chance to catch up with the leading pack.

Sharks under attack

Kariobangi Sharks have been the worst team in the division in the last five games.

Granted, they have had a nightmare run but they have been poor in all games. They have lost five in a row, only scoring twice which is the least and with none from open play (one goal was a penalty while the other was a rebound after a penalty save) and have conceded eleven which are more than any other team in that period.

Their dependency on top scorer Eric Kapaito is hurting them since he is also out of form having scored once in that period. His goals have been 55.55% of the total goals for his side which is only behind Elvin Rupia’s 56% for AFC Leopards.

Stars in cloud nine

Nairobi City Stars have had an impressive run and have won five games in a row which has catapulted them to fifth place.

They have scored nine goals which are the most of any team in that period and have conceded only twice.

They have gotten more points in their last five games than what they managed in their first twelve games and have a chance to tie with Tusker and Gor Mahia for the longest winning runs if they win their next two games against Wazito and Bandari.

Stima finally spark

The weekend win against Gor Mahia was the second for Western Stima since 2017 and it offered them some reprieve as it helped them get out of the relegation zone.

They had two tough encounters to navigate this week starting with Tusker where they narrowly lost 2-1 and then against the defending champions.

 It was only their third win and the first since March and it was an impressive result as they kept the league’s third best attack at bay only conceding one having played with ten men for more than half an hour.

Dockers leave berth

Bandari had not won in six games before the weekend fixture but they made lightwork of their opponents thrashing them by four goals to one.

Their poor form led them lose ground with the title chasers but the win would make them kickstart the league.

The win was their second highest margin of victory while also completing the double over their opponents and a win in their next game (against Gor Mahia) would make them trail the league leaders by only ten points.

Bandari FC’s William Wadri on his way to score against Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday 6 February in Round 11 of the 2020/21 BPL season (PIC: Bandari FC)

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