BARRY SILAH AND RODGERS NDEGWA
As the National Super League (NSL) kicks off this weekend, all eyes will be on the competition newcomers, all eyes will be on Ushuru coach Ken Kenyatta (pictured). After failing to retain his position in the country’s top football league, Kenyatta will be hard-pressed to bounce back to a football competition that he was well versed with.
Their luck might have run out after a similar knockout saw them survive by a whisker when the last match determined the last match loss to Vihiga United. Going by Kenyatta’s stature in the national league as a former goalie for AFC Leopards and Kisumu Posta, he has an auspicious chance to redeem his name and place in Kenyan football with an immediate return to the Kenya Premier League (KPL). Six teams join the championship courtesy of promotion from FKF Division One and demotion from the Kenya Premier League (KPL) respectively.
Western Stima and Muhoroni Youth will be having a run in the lower tier for the first time in at least six years and therefore are expected to begin familiarising themselves once more. Kenyatta has been retained as coach for the taxmen having already been at the helm for four seasons and should train his eyes on the opener against Administration Police.
In as much as they will be amongst the frontrunners to earn promotion, they will be well aware of the intricacies and physical toughness of this league. Promoted Kangemi All-Stars and Kakamega School enterprising outfit Green Commandoes are expected on paper to struggle with adapting. Both graduated following relatively easy runs from Zones A and B in the Championship.
Already all the 20 teams have done spruce-ups in their squads in readiness for battle ahead. Last season’s title chasers Ushuru and KCB are already looking to do one better and will be buoyed by some of the changes they have done to their teams. On the flipside KCB parted ways with long serving coach Leonard Saleh and snapped John Kamau from FC Talanta.