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2021/22 KPL Season
The Kenyan Premier League (KPL), currently branded as the FKF Premier League (FKF-PL) is the highest football league in Kenya, which until September 2021 was referred to as the BetKing Premier League for sponsorship purposes. The league was founded way back in 1963 by the now defunct Kenya Football Federation (KFF), the institution which also ran the league back then. The top league in Kenya has been a bedrock of wrangles with a number of stakeholders and institutions claiming a hold and it only had stable years between 2006 and 2015.
The framework of the management of the Kenyan Premier League has been so fragile over the years and twice within the last two decades there were two parallel leagues in operation. At its formation in 1963, and up to 1996, the league adopted the name Kenya National Football League. It would then be renamed the Kenyan Super League and later, the Kenyan Premier League in 1998. After years of wrangling, which kept sponsors away and the league’s clubs struggling to make ends meet, clubs agreed on forming their own company to not only run the top flight but also front their interests to the relevant authorities and stakeholders. This company would be known as the Kenyan Premier League Limited, and it was officially registered in 2003, with Canadian-Kenyan Bob Munro the brains behind it. With the company came some semblance of organization in the management of the top league and it scored massively when in 2007, at the height of wrangles at the federation, it managed to negotiate a first ever broadcast sponsorship for the league.
South Africa based pay TV SuperSport came on board as the broadcast partner in a deal that would see clubs get about US$70,000 per year in form of monthly grants. With the league’s matches beamed on SuperSport, KPL’s fortunes grew and more sponsors came on board, including beer brand Tusker, Umbro, Puma and later East African betting firm headquartered in Nairobi – SportPesa. In 2016, a new Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa took over, and his first move was to increase the number of teams taking part in the league, from 16 to 18 teams. This move infuriated the broadcast sponsors, SuperSport, who cited a breach and pulled out. Two years later, SportPesa would also pull out after a government clampdown on betting companies and the cash that clubs had enjoyed for about a decade were in an instant wiped away. The league struggled and teams suddenly couldn’t afford to honor matches in far flung areas, a factor that led to the relegation of the 2006 league champions Sony Sugar, after failing to honor three games. As at the start of the 2021/22 season, the league has one sponsor – StarTimes, after the title sponsor, BetKing pulled out with both parties citing a breach of contract.
FKF Premier League Format
In the 18-team league, the league winners get the automatic slot to play in the CAF Champions League, while the bottom two are automatically relegated and the top two in the second tier, National Super League (NSL) promoted. The third slot in the league is determined by a two-legged playoff pitting the third-place finisher in the NSL and the 16 th placed finisher in the Kenyan Premier League. With 18 sides taking part, and teams playing home and away games, at the close of 34 games for each team, the top ranked in terms of points wins the league title. In the case of a tie, goal difference, then goals scored and head to head records come to consideration. If there’s still a tie, a playoff match is called in to break the tie. At the close of the 2020/21 season three teams lost their places in the league; Zoo FC was relegated by FIFA upon being found guilty of match fixing while Western Stima was relegated after finishing bottom. Vihiga United fell off at the playoff stage after going down to Kenya Police. Meanwhile, Kenya Police joined the earlier confirmed Vihiga Bullets and FC Talanta in the top flight. With the relegation of Zoo FC, teams played 32 games last season, instead of the normal 34.
Tusker FC are the current champions, after winning their 12 th league title in August. They are one of the three teams to have won the title more than 10 times, with the others being AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia. Gor Mahia are the most successful in Kenyan football, with 19 league titles to their name while Tusker and Leopards have won it 12 times. Leopards won the title last in 1998 though. In the last 11 years, the league title has been won by three teams – Gor Mahia, Tusker and Ulinzi Stars.
FKF Premier League Players
The easily recognizable player to have come from the Kenyan Premier League is Victor Wanyama, who scaled the heights after playing for AFC Leopards and Nairobi City Stars, to feature for Celtic, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. His brother MacDonald Mariga is also a well known figure, having featured for Inter Milan, Parma and Real Sociedad after rising through the ranks at Tusker FC. Dennis Oliech, who turned out for Mathare United, also had an established career in France, turning out for AJ Auxerre and Nantes while Michael Olunga, currently based in Qatar, is a former Gor Mahia player, who has featured for Girona in the Spanish La Liga and Swedish side Djugardens. Top players in the KPL at the moment include James Saruni, the Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper, who in the past season claimed the best record for clean sheets. Tusker FC’s Henry Meja was also a standout player last season, his first taste of the top flight and was named the best new player, while Lawrence Juma of Sofapaka deservedly claimed the Midfielder of the year accolade. Patilla Omoto of Kariobangi Sharks also stands out as an evergreen player in the team’s midfield and with the departure of the team’s and league’s top scorer Erick Kapaito, Omoto is expected to take the captaincy and his leadership qualities are going to be key.
FKF 2021/2022 Teams
Nairobi as a region has the most teams taking part in the league. After the promotion of Kenya Police and FC Talanta, the county now has 12 teams in the top flight. No other county has two teams participating in the league. While the Kenyan Premier League doesn’t stand tall among the big leagues in the continent, it still holds a great entertainment value. This is majorly based on the key rivalries among teams in the league. The Mashemeji Derby is the biggest game in the KPL season in, season out. It features the two oldest clubs; AFC Leopards, and Gor Mahia, whose passionate fans would give anything but lose this game. Though Gor Mahia have dominated it in recent years, it still holds a big pull for AFC Leopards fans.
Another derby in the league pits AFC Leopards against Kakamega Homeboyz. This one is dubbed the Ingo Derby, by virtue of AFC Leopards deriving the biggest chunk of its fan base from the region Kakamega Homeboyz call home. AFC Leopards have been dominant in this game in recent years but it is not always a walk in the park for them. A new rivalry is also set to grace the topflight this season, and it has already been dubbed the Disciplined Forces Derby. This one will pit Kenya Police FC, which is sponsored by Kenya Police just as the name suggests, and Ulinzi Stars FC, a military team. The Slum Derby is a game pitting Mathare United and Kariobangi Sharks. These two teams are based in the much underdeveloped Eastlands part of Nairobi and derive much of their support from that area. This game also brings forth some good discussion and the rivalry has been growing over the years, with the coaching staff and players across the two teams well acquainted.
To be able to place informed bets on the Kenyan Premier League, statistics are key, and our betting experts take some sweet time to analyze the same and break down the information to guide on the best possible winning stakes. Matches in the Kenyan Premier League aren’t known to be high scoring; for example, the champions Tusker scored just 52 goals in 32 matches and they were the highest scorers in the league. The lowest scoring team in the league was Vihiga United, with 20 goals, but was still not automatically relegated. Only six teams had an average of 1.25 goals or above per game – Tusker, AFC Leopards, Bandari, KCB, Kakamega Homeboyz and Kariobangi Sharks. For matches played at home, only Bandari FC managed an average of two goals per game in the season and Vihiga United’s 0.44 goals per game was the lowest in home matches. Tusker FC’s 1.93 goal average away from home was the best and Wazito’s 0.63 came as the lowest goal average per game away from home. Overall, 1.18 goals were scored in home matches, and 1.04 scored in away matches.
Over 2.5 goals were scored in 42% of the matches and over 3.5 goals in 18%. The total 602 goals scored translated to 2.22 goals per match and home wins were more, at 40%, away wins at 31% while draws stood at 28%. The most common outcome in matches was 1-0 representing home wins by that margin, which was witnessed in 37 games, translating to 14% of the total matches played and it was closely followed by 0-0, registered in 34 matches (13%). Full time results and number of goals per match only provide two of the many available markets to stake on in the Kenyan Premier League. There are many more options for betting in the league including who will be the champions, the top scorers at the end of the season, who gets relegated or ends up in the playoffs. Our experienced team of betting experts will always be on hand with the analysis and selection of the highest paying markets and bookies with the least possible risk.
2021/22 FKF Premier League - Our Free Betting Tips
Going to the 2021/22 campaign for example, which team stands out as favorites to win the league? Tusker will be an easy pick to defend the title, and for the simple reason that immediately they were confirmed as champions, they managed to bring in new players to beef up the team, while keeping hold of the star performers from last season. KCB FC, who finished second, are also strong contenders; they too strengthened the team while retaining a core of the staff that rode close to their first ever league title. The two biggest teams in Kenyan football, AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia have had massive exits and are serving transfer bans so are not expected to challenge much. They seem to be resigned to the fact that they can only rebuild for the future. Our team of betting experts will definitely be covering the KPL, pointing you to the best possible outcomes to make it a winning season for you.
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