Weekend of high football drama

May 09, 2011

Football, bloody hell!, Manchester United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson was once famously quoted. 

The Scottish gaffer, arguably the most successful football coach of his generation, knew  better when he made that remark over a sport that he has spent countless man-hours tending to.

How else then would you explain the predicament of one coach who oversees a winning performance but still gets the short end of the stick from  the unforgiving fans.

That is what happened to one Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno. 

Poor Zico. What was going on in his mind as those fans held him hostage for close to an hour in those crummy locker rooms on Saturday evening at City?

Three remarkable things happened on a weekend of high drama in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) .

KCB overhauled long -standing leaders Tusker FC, Gilbert Selebwa continued his revival of erstwhile whipping boys Congo United and AFC Leopards were beaten hands down by Thika United at their adopted home turf in Mumias.

The icing of the cake was Sofapaka’s knife-edge performance against DR Congo’s St. Eloi Lupopo on Sunday evening.   
  
But KCB’s late Friday night ‘coup’ was perhaps what set the tone of  a  weekend unusually spread over three days. 

The bankers’ cause was helped in a big way by KPL bogey team Rangers FC who added the brewers to the ever-growing list of high profile victims.

Tusker relinquished their leadership after being sucked in by what is becoming Rangers’ trade mark smash-and-grab brand of football. 

The brewers’ slip up gave KCB an opportunity to cash in during their late kick off match. 

Job Endriseh helped himself to brace and leading scorer Clifford Alwanga grabbed his seventh of the campaign. Late goals from Paul Ogongo and Andrew Tololwa  fell shot of turning the game on its head. 

The resulted lifted KCB on top of the table on 22 points KCB ahead of Tusker on goal difference.

At the lower end of the table, Congo United continued their revival with a 1-0 win over Nairobi City Stars at Mbaraki Sports Club. 

The coastal team has collected seven points in their last three and moved to fourteenth on the table with with 9 points. 

In Mumias, a would-be happy family reunion went awry for Nick Yakhama as Ingwe suffered a 2-0 loss to Thika United. 

The two other matches in the western region between champions Ulinzi Stars against Sony Sugar and Western Stima against Chemelil Sugar resulted in uneventful barren draws.

Stayed tuned. Kenyan Premier League continues... 

 

 

 Steven Omondi

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