Bidco, Migori in uncharted NSL waters
From a close look at the current National Super League (NSL) standings, two teams are seen as uninvited guests in the table of contenders.
However, Bidco United and Migori Youth are not only interrupting the status quo but also keen to stay put for the long haul.
The ‘Slum Boys’ Nairobi City Stars who lead the standings by a strong six-point gap can be seen as front runners but traditionally and from history past, Ushuru and Nairobi Stima are considered Premiership contenders as opposed to the rest who would appear as rank outsiders in a straight contest.
Only 10 rounds have gone in the ever-competitive second-tier Championship but from the points distribution so far, Bidco United and Migori Youth look the business under their youthful coaches.
Migori Youth is a special case study given their weak financial standing and last season brush with relegation.
The side has so far picked six wins and two draws in 10 matches and accumulated 20 points in the process. League top scorer Clinton Okoth who has seven goals is the main cog in the Migori outfit.
“We have an opportunity to keep the momentum going because we are in good form. The team belief and spirit are high so that we do not fear anybody. Any team coming up against us must be worried because the players are solid in performance.
We try to focus on improving our game but also enjoying ourselves,” said Coach Robert Ojienda ahead of their clash at home against seventh-placed FC Talanta.
Bidco on their part under Anthony Akhulia is also buzzing after an incredible campaign thus far. At 22 points and second in the table, it has the second strongest winning rate in the division and is so far unbeaten at home.
It also has a healthy goal difference of +12 with their balanced work rate in all departments emerging as their strongest weapon of choice. “We want to keep pushing the limits because I believe we are not quite there.
We have to believe that it is possible to get promoted so it is a matter of keeping the player's eyes on the ball,” said Akhulia whose side travel to Bukhungu Stadium to clash with Vihiga Bullets.
Leaders Nairobi City Stars who are the only unbeaten side in the Championship will be buoyed by their last weekend 1-0 win away to league debutants Muranga Seal.