Western’s Provincial League set off in April 2012 with a
total of 40 teams; 20 teams each in two Zones; A and B.
Tough to survive
However by the third week of May, eight had already dropped off from Zone B to leave the league a 12-team affair.
Fast forward to mid September, only 20 teams are left in the league; 12 in Zone A and eight in Zone B.
As per the latest standings availed to futaa.com, Kolongolo FC is toe to toe with Num-Cop in Zone B for the lone playoff spot.
According to an official in Western, teams found it tough to survive in the league due to lack of cash
-Many teams have had to pull out due to lack of finances. The home team is required to pay the referees fees of Kshs 2,500 and the travelling team will have spent on the road an amount much higher.
-With time, teams just had to pull out as they lacked finances to sustain the growing costs
After 18 rounds of play, Kolongolo has picked up 43 points and is one ahead of Num-Cop.
Lake View FC is third with 35 points from 16 games as Butere Sportiff is further down at fourth with 30 points from 17 games.
Butula FC, New Northern Stars, Nabongo FC and Busia Prisons FC take up the next slots in the reduced eight team Zone B log.
In Zone A, Shinyalu FC has a three point lead over second placed Kabrass Warriors, a team that replaced Ebusiratsi in late May.
After 28 games, Shinyalu is on 68 points with Kabrass following up with 65 points having played a game more.
Ikolomani Stars is third with 61 points. Lugusi (59), Hamisi (57), Chavaklai AllStars (54), Green Berets (48) and Mahanga FC (42) take up spots four through to eight.
Placed ninth with 41 points, Maseno FC is ahead of tenth placed B-AllStars on goal difference. Mbihii Rangers is a point back at 11th and ahead of last placed Mudete Tea FC who way back at 12th with 21 points from 28 games.
The league is set to conclude in mid October 2012.