Tusker’s twelfth or KCB’s first?
The race for the league is now between two clubs and there is a new leader atop the league standings. Across the whole season, the top two positions in the league have largely been occupied by KCB and Tusker.
After 45 days of being second and Tusker firmly on the driving seat in the standings, KCB have again leapfrogged Tusker with four games to go with two points separating the two.
It has been an excellent season for KCB who are the only side to average more than two points per game in the league. Despite Tusker also being in the title race, they are averaging less points per game compared to last season’s campaign.
They remain one point off the 56 points they gained from the 2018/19 and 2018 seasons and only six points off their title winning campaign in the 2016 season.
On paper, Tusker will fancy their chances as they have a more favorable run in where they will face Sofapaka, Kakamega Homeboyz, Nzoia Sugar and Bidco United. KCB on the other hand face Gor Mahia, Vihiga United, AFC Leopards and Nairobi City Stars where three of those teams might finish third by the end of the season.
Race for the best of the rest
There are only five points separating the third and eleventh club in the league. Current third placed side Nairobi City Stars are on 44 points, level with Leopards and Sharks although they have a better goal difference.
Bidco United are the eleventh placed side and with only four games remaining (three for City Stars and Sharks), each of the nine clubs in between have a chance of occupying third place and it is particularly impressive that two promoted clubs have the chance to do that.
Mathare finally out of the relegation zone
After spending majority of the season rooted at the bottom of the table, Mathare United are finally out of the relegation places.
They left it late to beat Kariobangi Sharks in the slum derby while their close rivals faltered and they look set to remain in the league next season.
Mathare United have had two managers who have managed the same number of games where Salim Ali was sacked after gaining seven points (would be ten were Zoo FC not relegated) in his time in charge.
Frank Ouna was appointed to help them escape the jaws of relegation and although he remained winless in his first five games, he has now won two in a row and although they are not out of the woods yet, it has been a remarkable turnaround by an excellent coach.
He has doubled the points gained by his predecessor and despite them not out of the woods yet, they will face their final four games with renewed optimism.
The Premier League’s entertainers
No team has been as entertaining as Kariobangi Sharks this season. They are currently fifth and the manner of their results have been quite interesting.
They are currently on a three-game losing streak on the back of a five-game unbeaten run. Before that unbeaten run, they had lost five games in a row and this inconsistency is what has led them to fail to mount a title challenge after starting the season strongly.
The 42 goals they have scored make them the second-best attack in the league after Tusker and there have been more than two goals in eighteen of the twenty-nine matches played so far.
Despite their good attack, they have conceded a staggering 40 goals, the third worst defense in the league.
With three games to go, they are one goal away from having the worst defensive record since they were promoted four seasons ago.
On the 29th of May, AFC Leopards were level on points with first place KCB but had game in hand against Bidco United where if they managed to avoid defeat, they would go to first place.
They were subsequently beaten and that was the closest time they were to finally take control of the league.
Ever since then, their chance of ending a 23-year drought continued diminishing and in the last ten games after that fateful match, they have lost six with their only wins in that time coming against Bandari and Wazito.
Despite that, they have awarded Coach Patrick Aussems with a two-year contract extension and after narrowly missing out in the FKF Betway final, the leopard’s fans will hope the next season is more fruitful after a campaign that promised a lot earlier will once again end in disappointment.