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Return of Mahakama

Updated Sunday, November 1st 2009 at 00:00 GMT +3

by Gilbert Wandera

It is often rare for clubs to come back to the top league immediately after relegation.

The disappointment of going down coupled with a mass exodus of top players usually work hand in hand to frustrate clubs that have just been relegated.

Yet Mahakama defeated all these to come back to the Kenya Premier League (KPL) just after one season in the lower league.

It was no mean achievement for the team handled by former international Sammy Omollo considering the high level of competition.

Mahakamaâs Allan Ogal (left) challenges a Posta Rangers player in a past Football Kenya Limited Nationwide League match at City Stadium. Photo: Stafford

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Mahakama won the Nationwide league with the narrowest of margins after collecting 71 points. Their next opponents Posta Rangers had 70 points and the third placed team Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) had 69. KRA and Posta Rangers have been trying to qualify for the top league for ages and losing out to Mahakama must have been a bitter pill to swallow especially for the revenue collectors who once again missed out on top flight football.

Made mistakes

With promotion firmly secured, Mahakama coach believes it is time for them to do things differently to avoid what befell them last season.

He said:" Last season, those who were in charge of the club made serious mistakes that cost the team,"

"While we do not want to dwell on what might have gone wrong, we have learnt from those blunders and are looking forward to doing well in the league."

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