KPL Season Wrap: Hassan Oktay and the top six coaches from the 2018/19 season

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay with KPL Trophy.
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Goal reviews the best six coaches from the just concluded season that saw Gor Mahia retain the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title

Gor Mahia produced another remarkable campaign to retain the KPL for the 2018/19 season with two matches to spare.

Meanwhile, Mount Kenya United and Vihiga United were relegated to the lower tier – the National Super League – while Posta Rangers will have to try to keep their status via the play-offs.

Below, Goal parades the top six coaches from the last campaign.

  1. Hassan Oktay – Gor Mahia
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    Hassan Oktay – Gor Mahia

    Despite the congested KPL fixture list and participating in continental duties, Oktay weathered the storm and led Gor Mahia to yet another title with two matches to spare. The Cypriot became the first K’Ogalo coach to lose the opening match of the season (against Bandari) and still go on to lift the crown.

  2. Bernard Mwalala – Bandari FC
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    Bernard Mwalala – Bandari FC

    Since being appointed the Bandari coach in 2018 he has led the club to finish the season second in those two seasons he has been at the helm. In his first season, he helped the Dockers to amass 62 points, a tally he bettered in the concluded campaign with two more points.

  3. John Baraza - Sofapaka
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    John Baraza - Sofapaka

    Although he took the team after the season had started, Baraza helped the 2009 champions finish third on the 18-team KPL table unlike in previous seasons where they managed fifth spot. An increase of nine points from the previous season is no mean fete and coach Baraza deserves praise.

  4. Patrick Odhiambo – Sony Sugar
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    Patrick Odhiambo – Sony Sugar

    Sony Sugar clocked the 2018 season with 45 points and a ninth place finish but Odhiambo helped the Millers end the 2018/19 season with 56 points with an improved position; 5th and with equal points to Tusker.

  5. Francis Kimanzi – Mathare United
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    Francis Kimanzi – Mathare United

    The Slum Boys faltered in mid-season but Kimanzi steadied the boat and finished the season with an improved points tally and log standing. In the previous season, Mathare United ended the season with 48 points sitting eight while they have ended 2018/19 season with 55 points in sixth.

  6. Nicholas Muyoti – Kakamega Homeboyz
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    Nicholas Muyoti – Kakamega Homeboyz

    Appointed in mid-season, Muyoti helped the Kakamega-based side to improve in almost every aspect; they finished 7th with 52 points, unlike the previous season where they finished 10th with 44 points. They conceded 44 goals last season and scored 35 while in 2019, they have scored 47 and conceded 31 this time.