NSL: Tight race for Golden boot as season end beckons

The National Super League (NSL) will enter match week 27 on Wednesday 17 April, this means that after the scheduled matches on the day, only 10 rounds of play will remain before the season concludes.

Three quarters of the season have already gone and nothing as yet has been decided or is even close to be. The title and promotion race is still very much open, the fight for survival is undecided too and the season’s golden boot is still very much up for grabs.

Top

At the top of the log, just one point separates the top four teams and at the summit of the scorers chart, only two goals separate the top four contenders for the gong.

David Oluoch and Dennis Ochieng are tied on 14 goals apiece with Stephen Onyango and Brian Yakhama trailing with 13 and 12 goals respectively.

Oluoch’s goals have kept his team, Kenya Police, in the frame for a promotion slot come end of the season. Police currently lie just outside of the promotion places in fifth place with 48 points, four points off third placed Ushuru FC who occupy the last of the slots.

Dennis Ochieng, now with Nairobi Stima, propelled Kisumu All Stars in the first half of the campaign with his goals

For Ochieng, a majority of his goals have hugely benefited another team and not the one he currently plays for.

The Nairobi Stima forward joined the team during the mid-season transfer window from Kisumu All Stars, where he left having scored 12 of his 14 goals.

Upper hand

Stima and All Stars are tied on 53 points at the top of the standings with All Stars having the upper hand thanks to a superior goal difference.

Ochieng had bulldozed his way to the top of the scorers chart by the time he left All Stars, but a slow start at Stima has seen the rest of the chasing pack close in.

Ushuru once again, for the third time in a row, find themselves in the promotion conversation but having twice failed at the play-offs stage, they will hope to return to the top tier this time.

If they are to make it this season then you can bet that Yakhama’s lethal form in front of goal will play a big part in that.

NSL debutants Fortune Sacco have produced a shock contender for the golden boot in Stephen Onyango, the only player in this top four list not to have scored with a penalty.

Onyango has managed 13 goals which have largely aided his team towards securing themselves another season in the second tier. Fortune are 12th with 31 points and are almost sure of maintaining their status in the league going into the final round of matches.

Honourable mentions

Honourable mentions in this list go to St. Joseph Youth’s Fadhili Adam who has nine goals and is well on course for double figures, AP’s Hillary Otieno is also on nine and Shadrack Omondi, who has taken the honours at Kisumu All Stars to now lead the team with nine goals.

Below is the top 10 list of scorers;

David Oluoch – Kenya Police – 14 goals

Dennis Ochieng – Nairobi Stima – 14 goals

Stephen Onyango – Fortune Sacco – 13 goals

Brian Yakhama – Ushuru FC – 12 goals

Fadhili Adam – St Joseph Youth – 9 goals

Hillary Otieno – Administration Police – 9 goals

Shadrack Omondi – Kisumu All Stars – 9 goals

Anthony Simasi – Eldoret Youth – 8 goals

Julius Masaba – Kibera Black Stars – 8 goals

Rodgers Omondi – Talanta – 8 goals