TUSKER ARE CHAMPIONS AND THE FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT

Tusker the Champions

Heading into the final game, Tusker knew that they had all but won the league. With a three-point gap and a healthy goal difference, they would have to lose by a big margin while their rivals won with a big score line.

Facing a team that had beaten them in the first leg for their final game, coach Robert Matano named a strong line up and they subsequently won the game to be crowned champions for the 12th time, five years after their last triumph.

They are now the joint second most successful club in the country with AFC Leopards but are quite far off from the most successful club, Gor Mahia who have won nineteen times.

They are the ones who will fly the Kenyan flag for the CAF champions league and after a grueling season where they were first or second for the majority of the campaign, they can rest before they gear up for their Champions league campaign which starts in a little less than three weeks.

Gor Mahia limp to the finish line

Coach Mike Harrison finally lost in the last game of the season after Gor Mahia’s underwhelming campaign ended in a two-nil loss to Nzoia Sugar who completed the double over them.

Their only competitors of the league in the last eleven seasons finally won the league, stopping Gor Mahia from winning the title for a fifth successive season.

It was strange to see only four substitutes named on the bench for their final game and they will need to solve their issues including their internal wrangles which contributed to their poor campaign if they are to mount a proper challenge next season.

KCB’s hopeful but unfortunate final push

KCB’s title hopes evaporated in their penultimate game when they lost to Vihiga United and they knew that they needed a miracle on the final day if they were to win the title.

They did not get lucky since despite winning by a healthy margin, Tusker also won and they subsequently finished second, three points behind the leaders.

It was the end of a bitter sweet campaign after they also came close to being the Kenyan CAF champions League representatives and only lost out by a solitary point with twenty-two games played on the final day of June.

Top scorers battle that never was

The match between Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka was expected to produce fireworks as well as it pit two of the three best attackers in the league against each other.

Eric Kapaito on 24 goals and Lawrence Juma on 16 goals would have hoped to add their tallies seeing both clubs have had leaky defenses.

 Despite that, Kapaito did not feature in the game and despite all his creativity as well as danger in front of goal, Juma couldn’t add to his tally and the game ended in a goalless draw, the only draw of the final round of matches played.

Mathare United’s strong finish

Mathare won five of their last six games, the best run of form of all teams in the league.

It was a strong finish to the season and testament to the good work coach Frank Ouna has done since he was appointed.

Their win in the penultimate game of the season had ensured they went into the final game of the season knowing they had escaped the jaws of relegation.

With pressure alleviated from their shoulders, they faced relegated Western Stima (who had the worst defense by a mile) in their last game and subsequently thrashed them 4-2 to end what has been their most difficult season in style.

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