Bullets sail to premier league as FC Talanta crowned

Monday, September 6th, 2021 00:00 |
Vihiga Bullets prepare for action with FC Talanta in Bukhungu stadium last month. Photo/PD/FILE

Vihiga Bullets have made history after getting promoted to the Football Kenya Premier League only three years after their formation, joining  Betika Super  National League champions FC Talanta who qualified to the top tier a fortnight ago.

The team finished their campaign on 64 points and a superior goal difference of seven over their immediate challenger Kenya Police who also finished on 64 points following a 2-1 win over Migori Youth FC. 

Bullets ended the campaign with 16 wins after their 2-0 win over visiting Kibera Black Stars who finished sixth on 52 points as the Betika National Super League came to an end after 38 rounds.

“Full credit to the boys, they totally deserve it. We are an ambitious side and I am happy our project has worked.

The premier league is definitely a different ball game but I know the management will do what is necessary.

A lot of people did not really give us a chance but we were always positive particularly in the second leg. My players have struggled with financial difficulty but we have coped just well.

For now, we can celebrate and this is because our team is so young and all credit has to go to our management,” said an elated Bullets head coach Edward Manoah who has previously coached AFC Leopards and Chemelil Sugar FC.

Police have officially been confirmed as the team that will play Vihiga United who finished 16th last season in the premiership in promotion/relegation play-offs.

Vihiga United under Mike Muiruri were in similar circumstances last year when they won 2-1 against Kisumu All-Stars in the play-offs so should have a bit of an edge in terms of experience.

Kisumu All-Stars beat with Mully Children’s Family FC  1-0 but still finish a disappointing fourth on the log with 61 points. 

All-Stars who two seasons ago were in the premier league have had indifferent results in the second stanza of the campaign especially two weeks ago where they unceremoniously lost 2-0 at home to Kenya Police after a run of three consecutive wins thus cutting off their promotion chase.

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