Will Vihiga Bullets, Mathare United be second time lucky to survive in KPL?
Two relegation candidates in the 2022/2023 Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League including Mathare United and Vihiga Bullets must have heaved a huge sigh of relief after the season was annulled.
Both teams are now back in the groove after the season was invalidated following a technical dispute between Kenyan sports ministry and the world governing body which suspended Kenya indefinitely early this year over government’s interference in the game.
Vihiga are now under the tutelage of Edward Manoah who took over the reins from Juma Abdallah with the team rubbing its hands with glee and especially after bringing on board several players to bolster the team in the big-time league.
Abdalla, who has had stints with AFC Leopards, Chemelil Sugar and Thika United among other teams, oversaw the recruiting of the recruits when Bullets was preparing to start life in the less prestigious National Super League (NSL) where they had been demoted.
Bullets had been relegated from FKF-PL after finishing bottom of the 18-team league last season with Abdallah having prioritized strengthening his striking and goalkeeping departments.
“We had to sign to improve the squad. The key areas I focused on are striking and goalkeeping where I sign three players for each of the departments. We are also offloading some players, around eight of them,” said Abdallah then.
Just like Bullets, Mathare’s relegation had sent tongues wagging and especially given that it was one of the most successful teams in the league having won the 2008 edition.
Mathare were relegated from the FKF Premier League after dishing out their third consecutive walkover when they failed to show up for their match against Sofapaka.