It has been a frustrating few weeks for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fans due to the delay in Kick off of the 2017 season. The Super Cup has just been won by Gor Mahia and as evident in that game against Tusker, the Green Army will be going for nothing less than the trophy.
Preseason friendlies has given us a glimpse of what to expect from teams more so from the league newbies in Zoo Kericho, Nakumatt FC and Kariobangi Sharks but what should the fans expect as the 2017 kicks off?
It was Kenneth Muguna, Wycliffe Ochomo, Cavin Odongo, Shafiq Batambuze inspiring the old and young last season. We will be seeing more of that this season. With the three new entrants in the league and with some new faces, we expect a few faces to blossom to add to those who have been here and would like to make their stars shine too.
Ze Maria, George Nsimbe and Stewart Hall all have a handful of youngsters in their sides that have shone in the pre-seasons games, a few of them will be sure starters but we all hope that they can get more playing time to prove their worth. Every tactician will be mixing things up with the young and old members of the squad in order to get desired results at all fronts. New names will definitely get on our lips this season.
Apart from Gor Mahia, Kakamega Homeboyz, Western Stima, Mathare United, Sony Sugar FC and Thika United, all the remaining teams will be having new faces in the KPL.
It should be noted that Henry Omino at Stima has always fancied ties against AFC Leopards and it would be interesting to see how he goes about this business with a new man in charge at the den. The derby pitting Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will be talked about with both Stewart Hall and Ze Maria boasting of a different style of play and we would all want to see who carries the day.
As for the new teams, the coaches will hope that they can master an art or two over the ‘big boys’. We just can’t wait to see James ‘Odijo’ Omondi back in the touchline.
The Big boys battle
For an underdog to pull a Leicester then a lot of work will have to be done. In as much as we would all love some other team push the likes of Gor Mahia and Tusker to the limit, preseason business and action just points to a state of another monopoly. Western Stima, Chemelil FC and Posta Rangers tried to mix with the big boys for the better part of last season but fell short when it mattered We can only have one winner come November, and it will be one the teams that finished in the top 5 bracket last season.