Kenyans Light Up Swedish Leagues As First Leg Ends

The 16 teams are sharpening their edges, ready to wrestle for top honours as others fight relegation battles...
Patrick Osiako’s Mjallby club remained top when the Swedish second tier reached the halfway mark. Mjallby hit IFK Norrköping 1-0 away in their 15th match to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games and cling to the top rung with 38 points. The team has won 12 out of 15 games and lost only one.

The impressive performance now places Mjallby seven points clear of second-placed Assyriska FF and stands them in good stead of earning promotion to Sweden’s highest league, the Allsvenskan. Osiako has played 14 matches and has two goals to his credit.

Former Kenyan skipper Robert Mambo’s GIF Sundsvall moved up to fifth place in the table with 25 points after an incredible 6-4 away win over Jönköpings Södra IF on Monday. Mambo has played 10 of the 15 games but has hit the net once.

Former Mathare United midfield Austin Makacha, who joined IK Sirius Upsalla this year, is yet to score after making 10 outings for the club. Nonetheless, after a long struggle, the club is no longer at the bottom of the table. They now stand in 15th position with 14 points.

In the first division, which is below the Superettan, three Kenyans are also doing battle as competition for promotion and relegation escalates. Jamal Mohamed’s Enkopings SK FK, who were relegated from the Superetan at the close of last season, are having a rather lukewarm term.

At the halfway mark, Enkopings are placed 11th in the 14-team table after registering 13 points from three wins and four draws. Jamal has scored two goals so far.

Sunday Eyenga’s IK Sleipner, who earned promotion to the first division at the close of last season, top the standings with 23 points from 13 games, heading Skövde AIK on goal difference. Eyenga, who has been a key goal-getter for Sleipner in the past three seasons, has only a single strike in his account so far this season.

Striker George Midenyo’s side Husqvarna FF, who just survived being relegated at the close of last season, are placed sixth with 19 points, four points adrift of IK Sleipner. Midenyo is yet to strike a goal for his team this season. The second leg of the first division will kick off on August 1.

James Momanyi,