2010 season rose to unprecedented heights-KPL

Jan 02, 2022

The highlight of last season’s Kenyan Premier League success was that not a single match was abandoned due to crowd trouble.

A technical report released by the KPL Chief Executive Officer, Jack Oguda, shows a highly competitive season in which matches were so tight that there were unprecedented 90 drawn matches, 15 or more than in the previous two seasons [75 drawn in 2009 and 73 in 2008].

The 2011 season's provisional kick-off date [to be confirmed by a KPL Technical Committee] is February 20, Oguda said on Sunday.

Despite this cut-throat competition, the 2010 season was ‘cleaner’ than the 2009 one where one match was halted due to crowd trouble.

However, big name Thika United uncharacteristically suffered from apparent flows in management and surrendered two of the only three matches throughout the season that were not played and were declared walkovers. Chemelil also failed to attend one when they were engaged in internal managerial squabbles.

The KPL CEO’s report also focuses on the immense captivation the league had on fresh and returning followers. This attraction was partly attributed to increased “live” television coverage by the Premiership partners, SuperSport International. Over one third [84] of all [240] the season’s matches were broadcast “live” in Kenya and Africa “and the number of fans increased significantly on average and for key matches,” Oguda said.

Ulinzi Stars won the championship with 59 points [after 30 matches], three better than runners-up Gor Mahia.