Kenya: Four Things We Learned From the FKF-PL

Tusker remained in pole position in the 2020/21 Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKF-PL) race after coming from two goals down to hold second-placed KCB at Thika Sub County Stadium.

Tusker remain at the helm of the table on 51 points, four ahead of KCB. Ulinzi Stars suffered their third humiliating defeat in a row when they were gunned down 2-0 by Nairobi City Stars at the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Showgrounds in Nakuru.

Bottom-placed Mathare United’s woes persisted as they lost 4-2 to Kakamega Homeboyz at the same venue.

Here are the four talking points from the round 24 matches held at the weekend.

Tusker show champions mentality

When KCB’s striker Derrick Otanga scored his second goal after 24 minutes thanks to Tusker goalkeeper Robert Mboya’s howler, the match appeared all but over.

There is no doubt that the bankers scented their 15th victory of the season which would have seen them cut Tusker’s lead to just one point.

But Tusker coach Robert Matano once again turned to his bench to try and save the match, and boy did it work.

He introduced midfielder Humphrey Mieno for Faraj Odenyi after the half-hour mark and the Kenyan international produced a man-of-the-match performance as the brewers fought back to claim a point.

Mieno capitalised on the error by KCB goalkeeper Joseph Okoth to reduce the deficit on 70 minutes and 14 minutes later, he set up substitute Jackson Macharia to net the equaliser.

It is not the first time Tusker have come back from losing positions. Against Gor Mahia on July 8, the Ruaraka-based side rallied from behind to win 2-1.

They also came from behind to beat Ulinzi Stars and Western Stima 4-1 and 2-1 respectively.

“We have experienced players and then we analyse the team that we are playing against. We can predict what they will do and then we respond with the right changes. We integrate, so it becomes one solid attack,” said Matano.

Erick Kapaito closing in on Golden Boot

Kariobangi Sharks’ striker Erick Kapaito took his goals tally thus far to 19 after scoring from the spot in their 3-0 win over Posta Rangers at Ruaraka grounds in Nairobi on Saturday.

This saw the former FC Talanta man open a five-goal gap between him and his main challenger – Elvis Rupia of AFC Leopards.