NAIROBI, Kenya, September 16 – With seven rounds remaining in the Kenya Premier League (KPL), all indicators show that domestic football is experiencing some sort of a renaissance.Over 6000 fans including Prime Minister Raila Odinga were at Nyayo Stadium last Sunday for the double header that saw Gor Mahia beat Sofapaka 1-0 and Sher Karuturi beat AFC Leopards by the same scoreline.
“The fact that Raila wore an AFC jersey was amazing. I never thought that will happen especially from the Gor Mahia patron,” said Andrew Kisia, a staunch Leopards supporter.
The league is also at par with its European counterparts as far as marksmanship is concerened.
So far, 377 goals have been scored with an average of 2 per match. On the weekend of July 18-19, 25 goals were scored, an average of 3.1 per match, the highest in KPL history.
The involvement of pan African sports broadcaster Supersport has transformed the face of the league and increased its exposure on the continent with the transmission of 31 live matches.
Last week, Supersport broadcast the double header plus the Nairobi City Stars versus Tusker FC from World Hope Centre in Kawangware.
The acquisition of a state of the art Outside Broadcasting truck has also facilitated the live transmission of matches taking place in other towns.
Things have also improved on the disciplinary front with four cases having been dealt with and only three match appeals.
Two matches have only been abandoned, one due to insecurity and another by a club.
In other telling statistics, 145 of the 184 matches so far have had been 1 goal victories or draws.
As the league enters the business end, over half the clubs are still in contention for the title or fighting to avoid the drop, and indicator of the level of competition this year.