Zoo players in their opening game against Posta Rangers on Sun 5 March. The promoted team as well as Kariobangi Sharks and Nakumatt are yet to win a game two games into their debut Kenyan Premier League season
Newbies yet to get the KPL flow
By Patrick Korir | Mon 20 Mar, 2017 09:56

Save for Nzoia Sugar who have scooped four out of a possible six points into the new Kenyan Premier League season, three newcomers Kariobangi Sharks, Zoo FC of Kericho and Nakumatt are yet to yet to register points two games into their debut top flight season. 

Having gone down 3-1 to Gor Mahia in their opening game, Sharks were handed a 1-0 defeat in their followup game away to Muhoroni on Sunday 19 March. On the same day, Nakumatt went down 3-0 to AFC Leopards in Thika to add on to their 1-0 loss to Bandari the weekend before. 

Search for winning formula

An Ambrose Ayoyi penalty on 36 minutes punctured Sharks at Muhoroni as a first half goal from Gilbert Fiamenyo and two late quick fire goals by Marcellus Ingotsi and Paul Kiongera in the final ten minutes shelved the shoppers. 

The day before, Zoo respectably went down 1-0 to Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium Kisumu, a similar result to their opening game against Posta Rangers the weekend before. Reigning KPL MVP Kenneth Muguna scored the winning goal for K'ogalo in the 40th minute. 

But as the three are still picking lessons and yet to get the flow of the league, Nzoia Sugar are a different lot after posting a 0-0 draw against Mathare United in their second game to follow up on their 5-2 embarrassing flattening of Tusker the weekend before. 

Nzoia now sits second on the log with four points, two behind early leaders Gor Mahia as Zoo, Sharks and Nakumatt are at position 15, 16 and 17, in that order. 

As the three look for a winning formula in the the now expanded top flight, they will be truly consoled by the fact that champions Tusker, in what seems like an upside down bottle, are right at the bottom of the 18-team log after similar two straight defeats. Their most recent game ended in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Thika United

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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