On Tuesday, a Court of Appeal ruling on Tuesday that reinstated Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt to the KPL. This followed an ill -advised ruling by the high court that nullified all the results from Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt following a petition by Sam Nyamweya. The ruling is a huge relief for both teams whose player were left in limbo. But the ruling is also excellent news for Kogalo who now see their nine points restored.
With nine points restored, Gor Mahia now have 60 points. And with sevem matches left, the highest number of points that Kakamega Homeboyz can collect is 66. As for Sofapaka, the highest number of points they can collect is 63. This means that Gor Mahia need to collect 7 points from their last 7 matches to secure the league title.
The departure of coach Ze Maria and the ushering in of coach Dylan Kerr has seen the fortunes of the club rise. Whereas Gor Mahia were neck and neck with Sofapaka, Ulinzi and Tusker. For example, when Ulinzi came from behind to hold Gor Mahia in a round of 15 match on July 2, Gor Mahia were atop the league but only on goal difference. Since Kerr arrived, Gor Mahia went on a 12 match unbeaten run that has seen them amass an unassailable lead.
With Gor Mahia now all but certain of winning the league title, the EC ought to start planning for next season. They must start to plan on finding out what it will take to retain coach Kerr and the players. If this coach and this playing unit is maintained into 2018, they have an excellent chance of making the group stage of the champions league.