FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT FROM MATCHDAY 32 RESULTS

Relegation battle down to the wire

There are only two points separating the bottom three clubs with two games to go and only one for Vihiga United.

Western Stima were not in action this weekend and Vihiga United took the opportunity to leapfrog their opponents from bottom place to occupy the relegation playoffs.

They beat title contenders KCB by two goals to one and the manner of their win was even more impressive as they had to come from behind to win that game.

They are now one point ahead of the bottom club but they have played a game more, and will need to beat Kakamega Homeboyz in their final match of the season while hoping results against the other two will go their way.

Western Stima face Wazito and then a potential decider as their final game of the season will be against 15th placed Mathare United.

 Mathare themselves clawed themselves out of the relegation zone after winning three consecutive games but were brought back to earth after Bandari beat them.

They will face Ulinzi Stars in their penultimate game before facing Stima in their last game which might be their most important game of the season for them.

Tusker’s title to lose

Tusker are potentially one win from tying AFC Leopard’s record of being the second most successful club in the country.

They managed to beat Kakamega Homeboyz while their closest challengers were beaten by Vihiga United to open up a three-point gap between the two.

They currently have a better goal difference than KCB if both were to tie points at the end and they have also currently scored ten more goals than KCB which is the next metric checked if teams tie goals and points at the end of the season.

Their last two games will see them face Nzoia Sugar and Bidco United and it looks likely that Ruaraka will be the first home of the new premier league trophy.

Lawrence Juma’s season

The FKF premier league’s focus goal wise has been taken over by Eric Kapaito who is two goals away from breaking a goal-scoring record but another player’s impressive performances have gone under the radar.

Lawrence Juma was signed from Gor Mahia at the beginning of the season and he has hit the ground running for his new side this season.

He has scored fifteen goals and is currently the third in the top scorers’ standings after Kapaito and Elvis Rupia.

His side are further down the table than he would have wanted but his importance to the side is there for all to see as his goals have accounted for almost half of the total his side has scored.

What is more impressive is that he is an attacking midfielder and not a striker, and his good season might attract some suitors after the campaign ends next weekend.

Bandari’s rise

The coast-based club are on course to finishing third in the league if they do well in their next two games against Sofapaka and Wazito to extend their high finishes in the league in recent years.

They have won the last three games and have only lost once in their last seven games, a surprise heavy defeat by Nzoia Sugar.

Earlier in the season between March and the beginning of July, they underwent a rough patch of form where they only won once in ten games.

Coach Andre Cassa Mbungo therefore must be commended for steering the ship away from that storm and they will hope to avoid such a poor run if they are to challenge for the title next season.

Bidco United’s impressive debut season

Coach Anthony Akhulia has done a great job in what was a debut season in the premier league for Bidco United.

They are currently eleventh but have a chance of finishing in the top half if those abive them drop points and they win their remaining games.

Despite that, they have had an excellent campaign and have proven hard to beat, with their seven losses the third least after KCB’s six and Tusker’s five.

They have beaten AFC Leopards, Tusker, City Stars and they have taken points from all teams currently above them except KCB.

They even finished third in the FKF Betway Cup and if they can recruit as smartly as they did before the season began, they can aim for a better finish next season.

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