FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT FROM OPENING WEEK OF THE NEW FKFPL SEASON

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT FROM OPENING WEEK OF THE NEW FKFPL SEASON

Kariobangi Sharks away delight

Sharks were the only side to win in the weekend as the away team.

The team beat Posta Rangers by a solitary goal despite losing key players who helped them to an impressive fifth placed finish at the end of the season including their top scorer and top assister.

Their only goal in the encounter was scored by Eric Mmata on his debut after joining from Mt Kenya United.

Five teenagers took part in that victory and it will be interesting to see how the team performs this season with all those youngsters involved.

AFC Leopards erase some concern

There was concern before the league began about this Leopard’s team after losing key players and not finding any replacements since the team has been banned from making any signings.

With a nightmare opening run of five games, they had arguably the most difficult fixture of those in the first game against the reigning champions but the manner of their victory will give the fans hope they can still be competitive this season.

The transfer window is still a long way to its end and they will hope to have settled the paid the debts they owe so that they can sign new players.

The opening day victory will only assure them that they can still go toe to toe with the best sides in the division.

New boys tough nut to crack

The three promoted sides performed admirably in their opening fixtures with Talanta and Vihiga Bullets drawing against Wazito and Bidco United respectively while Kenya Police were beaten by a lone Stephan Opuku goal.

Talanta have a more difficult run-on paper in their next four games with a trip to Tusker their next assignment and if the three perform with grit and determination like as they did in the opening games for the rest of the season, they might just avoid relegation.

Lawrence Juma picks up from where he left

The mercurial midfielder won the Midfielder of the Year award and came second as the Most Valuable Player in the just concluded season after scoring 16 goals.

He finished third in the top scorers’ standings and with those above him seeking moves away from the league, he picked up from where he left last season after netting a second half penalty to give his side the lead against a stubborn City Stars.

While it is still only one game played, he will hope to continue with last season’s goal scoring exploits and maybe try win the golden boot this time round.

Added ‘pre-season’ relief for clubs

The 21/22 league season started 33 days after the conclusion of the previous season but is set to take an eighteen-day hiatus due to the International Break.

Clubs without players in the national team will naturally have better time to prepare since they will have all their players reporting for training.

For a club such as Kenya Police, they played their last promotion playoff match last weekend and they barely had a week of preseason before being tossed right into the thick of the top flight, something that might have contributed to their loss.

The extra days will see them prepare for the season much better while also give other clubs with new signings time to familiarize themselves with their teammates.

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