WINNERS AND LOSERS IN ENDED SEASON

Winner: KCB

KCB brought the title chase right to the end of the season. With optimism high that they would win the title for the first time, they stumbled when the business end of the season arrived and lost out on three points.

Despite that, they were one of six clubs that improved their points per game from last season together with Kariobangi Sharks, Bandari, Wazito, Nzoia Sugar and Vihiga United.

They had a young competitive squad and if they manage to retain the same players as well as keep hold of coach Zedekiah Otieno, they can have another go at the league in the upcoming season.

Loser: All clubs except Tusker and Gor Mahia

The premier league win by Tusker now means in the last eleven seasons, only two clubs have won the league.

This season was a good chance for other clubs to break that duopoly but only KCB ran the champions close, with AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks faltering when it seemed that they could challenge earlier on.

Judging by the quality of signings done by Tusker, it seems that the streak of either them or Gor Mahia winning the league is set to continue.

Winner: Robert Matano

Under the tutelage of coach Robert Matano, Tusker managed to win their twelfth league title.

The man nicknamed the Lion admitted that they did not start the season well, losing the first game against former club Leopards but he was able to steady the ship to win the league.

This was his second title in charge of Tusker and third overall after winning his first with Sofapaka in 2009.

After stints at Ulinzi Stars (where he finished fourth, second and third) and three stints for AFC Leopards (winning the Go Tv shield), he took charge of Tusker for his second stint and just like his first title in 2012, he won the league on the final day of the season to add to his numerous accolades. 

Loser: Kariobangi Sharks

Kariobangi Sharks were the most improved club from last season. They looked like title contenders earlier on but a five-game losing streak dashed their faint hopes.

Subsequently, they finished fifth and also had the top scorer and the top playmaker within their ranks.

They had the third best attack but also had a leaky defense as well and thus their games were entertaining spectacles, with nineteen of their thirty-two games having two goals or more.

The reason they have been labelled losers despite an excellent campaign is the players exodus they have suffered, releasing eleven players, some of them very crucial for them throughout the season.

They still have top scorer Eric Kapaito but with the transfer window open, him leaving may mean they will have a more difficult 2021/22 season.

Winner: Nairobi City Stars and Bidco United

Both clubs were promoted this season after being first and second respectively in the National Super League the previous season.

City Stars had a superior goal difference to finish ahead of Gor Mahia on 45 points while Bidco United finished a point less than the pair while having only eight defeats, the fourth least in the league.

City Stars finished the season without coach Sanjin Alagic who departed after his contract ended and had mixed results under new coach John Amboko in their final rounds of matches.

Bidco Coach Anthony Akhulia is still at the helm after leading his charges to the premier league for the first time in their history and had a nine-game unbeaten streak that was ended on the last day of the season after being beaten by Tusker.

He will now hope to keep up his good form the following season and maybe challenge for a top five finish.

Loser: Mashemeji Rivals

 AFC Leopards had a very good chance of winning the league this season but could not come up with a winning formula when it was needed and they subsequently finished fourth.

Their hopes of silverware were also ended after losing the FKF Betway cup final and to challenge for next season, they will have to replace the key men they have lost in the transfer window.

Gor Mahia had the worst league performance since 2008 after finishing eight this season.

It was also the first time they finished outside the top two since 2011 but despite that, they still managed to win a trophy.

Their season was marked with a myriad of problems and judging by the letter written by their treasurer a few days ago, they are yet to get their house in order.

They have already lost mercurial talents to other clubs and with the league set to resume in a month, they’ll have to recruit well as they also prepare for their continental assignments.

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