Nzoia Sugar and Zoo Kericho have already started feeling the heat of the 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) early in the season with indifferent reasons that have left their fans worried.
The two teams which were promoted to the top-tier league last year have played all their three fixtures without a win since the season began and whether they will recover remains to be seen. Perhaps the worst hit amongst them are Zoo who suffered ignominious 4-2 defeats at the hands of Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars, as football fans in Kericho were left asking what had befallen their team.
For Zoo, they already bad situation turned worse when they succumbed 0-1 to Sony Sugar away at the weekend although many would say it was a stroke of ill-luck by Sammy Okoth’s charges after they lost a couple of missed scoring chances.
Sony had David Simiyu to thank as his goal was all that made a difference against the wasteful Zoo. That said, Nzoia are also wading in murky waters and, just like Zoo, their fans could not fathom the team losing 1-0 to visiting Nakumatt at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.
Although it is still early in the season to write off Zoo and Nzoia, any further losses by the teams will be calamitous in as far as their continued stay in the league is concerned.
In contrast, Mathare United whose youngsters have shown great potential maintained an almost flawless run could be the team to beat in the first stanza of the league. After holding Ulinzi to a barren draw at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Mathare managed to dislodge Gor Mahia from the summit of the league.
However, Gor have a match at hand over Mathare and will be angling at reclaiming the lead once they are done with Vegeteranios of Equatorial Guinea in the return Africa Champions League match in Malabo tomorrow.
In the meantime, newly-promoted Wazito have been punching above their weights and can only get better as the league progresses. Barely a week after seeing off Sony Sugar, the University of Nairobi-sponsored outfit made Kakamega Homeboyz look an ordinary side, forcing them to a barren draw in Nairobi.
Another team which gave their fans something to be proud of is Chemelil Sugar who pelted Kariobangi Sharks 1-0. Incidentally, there was a goal drought in the weekend matches most of which ended in barren draws.