Reminiscing the First Half of the FKFPL: What the stats say.

The Ministry of Sports Kenya, announced the tentative date for the resumption of the Kenya Premier League; the news was well received by the footballing populace, both in Kenya and Africa.

For the footballers there seems to be finally, some respite. They can have a feel of the warmth and breathe of the green pitch. Most folks are delighted about the possible turnout of events; they cannot wait for the resumption of the league. My mission here is far from delving into the commencement of the new Kenya Premier League season in the midst of Covid, Sorry to bust your bubble but certainly not in this piece.

The Kenya Premier League has reached the center stage with Tusker, 6 points clear at the top of the table whiles Vihiga, Mathare United and Zoo Kericho occupy the relegation places -Tusker FC is on top of the FKF table with 36 points that is a staggering 28 points apart from bottom liners Zoo Kericho FC and 6 points greater than the Bankers [30points].

Defending Champions Gor Mahia have had a surprisingly disappointing start to the season, sitting 9 points behind first place & 17 points adrift the league leaders, Tusker FC. It is important to know that Gor Mahia have three games in hand to play.

Posta Rangers are 5 points above relegation Zone whilst Western Stima FC, Vihiga United, Mathare United and Zoo Kericho are battling to avoid relegation.

TOP SCORERS

AFC Leopard’s Elvis Rupia started the season with a spark and created an impression in the minds of the fans that he could go all out and win the coveted Golden Boot: Erick Kapaito has been every defenders nightmare; he’s bagged 14 goals for Kariobangi sharks i.e. 58% of the total goals scored by Sharks [24].

Elvis Rupia on the other hand, has scored 61% of the total goals scored by AFC Leopards [18] and he sits in second place on the Top Scorers Chart with 11 goals.

Lawrence Juma and Jackson Macharia have both scored 8 goals each for their various clubs.

PLAYMAKERS OF THE SEASON

Playmakers need to read the game and be on the same page as the defenders and the forwards. Creators or playmakers have often been the unsung heroes, squaring in key passes as well as making defense splitting passes for forwards to score.

It is more or less a tight contest in the League talking about creative midfielders or playmakers in the Kenya Premier League. James Mazembe of Kariobangi Sharks and Danson Namasaka of Bandari FC have provided 7 assists each. The attacking pair of Sharks and Bandari have contributed 29% of the total goals scored by the clubs [24] and share the top spot for the Play maker of the season.

Former Gor Captain, Kenneth Muguna sits in third place with 6 assists providing 30% of the total goals scored by the Defending Champions [20].

MOST CLEAN SHEETS

Clean sheets are the bread and butter of every goalie. The stuff where shot stopping dreams are made of.

(add team) Thirteenth place Goalkeeper James Saruni has kept 8 clean sheets in the league. It is thus not surprising they have a goal difference of Zero.

Ulinzi Stars have conceded 10 goals in the first half of the season, only AFC Leopards have managed to concede less in the league with 9. However, Leopards Goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan has kept 6 clean sheets in third place; Justin Ndikumana of Bandari FC has kept 7 clean sheets one less than first place James Saruni.

Overall, it’s been a beguiling season so far. hopefully the resumption of the season cannot come any sooner. It promises to be exciting, dramatic and most importantly.

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