Bandari wishes that this top ride won’t end anytime soon: The standard sport

Bandari are at the top of the FKF Premier League table after getting off to a good start to the new season on the weekend that saw last season’s top performers fall.[Courtesy-Bandari FC]

Bandari are at the top of the FKF Premier League table after starting the new season with a climax over the weekend that saw last season’s top performers fall.

The new season started without a title sponsor, which means financially difficult times for many clubs without sponsors.

The financial turmoil comes after the exit of the title sponsor BetKing, who was eliminated at the end of last season.

Last season champion Tusker and runner-up KCB started the 2021-2022 season on the wrong foot after losing their opening games.

Similar problems ran into Mathare United, who are back at the bottom of the table after having been in the same position for most of last season before narrowly escaping relegation.

However, Bandari had the best start of the 18 toplight teams after beating Mathare 3-0 in Mombasa.

With the win, Anthony Kimani started his life in the dock with a win, an accomplishment shared by former AFC Leopards midfielder Whyvonne Isuza and Wazito, who scored a brace in the big win.

The victory brings the Dockers to the top of the table with three points and three goals.

Ex-champions Sofapaka are also in second place with three points, but with a smaller goal difference of two goals after the 3-1 win over the Nairobi City Stars.

Inspired by Benson Omalla’s brace, Kenyan record champions Gor Mahia started their journey to regain their lost glory with a 2-1 win over KCB and finished third by one goal difference.

Thika experienced the greatest shock when the AFC Leopards, which are banned from signing players, defeated defending champions Tusker 1-0.

While Leopards haven’t signed any players after losing senior stars who played a crucial role in the club’s fourth place finish last season, Tusker has immensely strengthened its roster.

The brewers roped up more than 12 players. Since it was not possible to sign a player for failing to pay former players and coaches they sued, the Leopards’ bank was made up of teenagers from their youth team.

Tusker coach Robert Matano blamed injuries for the defeat but promised to return.

“All of our midfielders have injuries. Our strikers are also injured. We lost because I didn’t have the first 11 that I would have liked, but we’ll be back stronger in two weeks, ”said Matano.

Kariobangi Sharks, Kakamega Homeboyz, Leopards and Ulinzi Stars all won their games 1-0 and are tied in fourth place.

The newcomers Talanta and Vihiga Bullets avoided defeat on their debut.

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