League takes a break and the seven things we have learnt so far

The FKFPL season pauses for twelve days due to the international break and there have been a few surprises in the six matches played so far.

Record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia lead the standings while the defending champions Tusker languish in eleventh place.

Here are seven things we have learnt from the league so far.

Gor Mahia back in the driving seat

K’Ogalo are currently first, with fourteen points from their first six games.

They are one of three teams yet to lose a match and they have the best defense, having only conceded twice in those matches.

They finished a dismal eighth last season in a sequence that saw their four-year consecutive title win halted but they look like they have begun playing like their old self back, with coach Mark Harrison continuing his good form at the club having lost only once in the eleven games he has been in charge in the league.

Felix Oluoch’s goal scoring exploits

The recently acquired striker has hit the ground running and is the league’s top scorer with six goals and the only player to score a hattrick so far.

He has been in and around the top flight in recent seasons and recently turned out for Nzoia Sugar a year ago before joining APS Bomet in January.

He went on to score 14 goals and after the departure of last season’s top scorer Eric Kapaito, he was signed to help ease the burden of goalscoring alongside Eric Mmata.

The two have already formed a wonderful partnership that has seen their team stand second in the league, one point off top spot as well as having the best attack in the division with 14 goals.

Talanta’s comfortable start to Premier League life

FC Talanta won the Betika National Super League last season to make their maiden appearance in the league under the tutelage of revered tactician Ken Kenyatta.

They are the best performing promoted side and have suffered only one loss, away at Bandari and that is after facing last season’s top two Tusker and KCB as well as high flying Ulinzi Stars. They lie ninth with nine points and should they continue with the same rich vein of form after the break, they’ll be in the league next season.

Struggling bottom three

Wazito, Nzoia Sugar and Vihiga Bullets are yet to win this season. It is particularly strange to find Wazito in this group, owing to their better financial power as evidenced by their signings this summer but things are not working out for them.

They have only picked up a point from Talanta and Kariobangi Sharks where they blew first half leads in both matches to share the spoils.

Nzoia Sugar also have the same number of points as Wazito and despite finishing last season strongly (seven points in their last four games) they have struggled to find that sort of form this time round.

Vihiga Bullets remain at the bottom of the league and despite earning a point in the first game, they have lost the rest of the league matches.

They have conceded a whooping sixteen goals while scoring twice and coach Evans Mafuta should quickly find a winning formula in this break to avoid falling far too behind the rest early in the season.

The Unbeaten three

Gor Mahia, Ulinzi Stars and Kakamega Homeboyz are the three remaining unbeaten sides in the league.

They are only two points within each other but Homeboyz seem to have the slight advantage as they have played on game less.

They have had a near perfect start to the league and nearly made it five wins out of five were it not for a stoppage time penalty save that saw them settle for a point against Bandari.

Ulinzi Stars also had to dig deep late into second half after giving up their lead but settled for a well-deserved point after equalizing in the 88th minute against Talanta in their last game.

Tusker and Leopards woes

The defending champions have played five games, winning two and losing three. They lost five games across the league last season but they have already lost more than half of those.

The season is still in its infancy but their poor start might have been predicted given the wholesome changes the team did in terms of transfers as well as the unfortunate plight of injuries that has plagued their players.

AFC Leopards had a terrific start to the season, beating Tusker in their opening match then holding KCB to a barren draw.

They did that with a squad largely made of young players after the mass exodus of their players but since then, they have lost four consecutive matches.

They were cleared to make new signings on transfer deadline day, with three signings getting the nod to start in their latest game but they still suffered another defeat away to Sofapaka.

They lie 15th in the league but while the league still has a long way to go, they will have to do extremely well to even replicate last season’s performance.

Premier league title race contenders

Last season, Tusker were the only side to manage more than two points per game but six games in, six teams are already averaging that.

The title contenders will probably start to shape up by the turn of the year when the league will be almost midway but these are early signs of a more interesting title race compared to last season where it was largely a two-horse race.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.