GOR MAHIA RISING, STIMA, MATHARE IN BIG TROUBLE

The second week of the Betking Premier League (BPL) produced some interesting results with none of the away teams producing a win.

Here are five things that came up after the matches.

New team at the top

KCB are back to first position and have been on an impressive run and picked up two wins in five days to go at the top of the standings. After starting the season impressively with six consecutive wins, they slowed down but are now unbeaten in the last five matches.

Western Stima are in danger

Mathare United’s poor start to the season might have raised more eyebrows but Western Stima have also been very poor this season. They were thrashed 4-0 by Kakamega Homeboyz and have only won twice in the whole season, conceding a whooping 32 goals which are six more than the second worst defense. Their upcoming fixtures will not do them a favor either as they face Bandari, Gor Mahia, Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards and will have to fix their leaky defense if they are to get out of their current slump.

Mathare United still rooted at the bottom

Coach Frank Ouna oversaw his first two games in at the helm with his charges picking a point while scoring thrice and conceding four times. They took the lead in both games but unlike the game against KCB, they fought back to claim a point against the only side they have beaten this season. Their coach had said their next five games would be crucial in clawing their way to safety and it will be interesting to see with some tough encounters on their away.

Faltering top five

A while ago, it was announced that the team at the top of the league by 30th June would represent the country in the CAF champions league. It was then important for the top teams to win to lay a marker that they deserved the chance for continental involvement but only one team in the top five won, KCB. Tusker drew against Wazito, Kariobangi Sharks lost away to Ulinzi Stars, AFC leopards drew against Posta Rangers and Bandari were thrashed by KCB.

Gor Mahia are awakening

The defending champions started the season poorly and seemed distracted by their continental assignments. They have won three league games in a row and will look to make it four against their opponents who scored against them in the closing stages last time they met. A win will take them a point above Bandari to fifth place while still having a game in hand and it is still too early to write them off to be first by 30th June or to even defend their crown!

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