Enosh Ochieng travels with Ulinzi Stars to Bandari FC on a four-match scoring streak, his best of the season and there’s more- he is the current leading joint top scorer of the 2018-19 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season alongside Kakamega Homeboyz’s Allan Wanga on 15 goals.
Once a shining light in Ulinzi Stars lackluster first leg campaign that was hampered by too many draws, Ochieng’s goals have now proved crucial to the soldiers’ rise off the bottom half of the log and take on Bandari as team number 8 on the 18-team log.
There are only three players in the division who had already hit double digits in the scoring charts and as Ochieng and Wanga sit pretty on 15, Sofapaka’s Umaru Kasumba is right behind them one goal shy.
Ochieng started his challenge for this season’s golden boot when Ulinzi played Kenya Commercial Bank on matchday two, scoring the third of that 3-1 win. Two weeks later, he would pin Sofapaka for a 2-2 draw with a brace at home.
Ulinzi Stars’ first away win, a 2-1 victory over a hardened SoNy Sugar FC in Awendo was because he scored twice.
Week 12 was a nightmare for the then Dunstan Nyaudo coached side as Kariobangi Sharks fired three goals past his side. Enosh had been watching from the bench and when summoned in the second half, put some respectability in the scoreline in the 3-1 loss. He was still going strong and would force Western Stima to a 1-1 share of the spoils in the following week.
Enosh scored once, when title contenders Bandari took a 2-1 fall in Nakuru in week 16, then followed it up with another goal against Tusker ten days later as the soldiers drew 1-1.
He had scored twice in Awendo, and when SoNy Sugar honored their return clash, the lanky forward grabbed one- probably for good measure as Ulinzi replicated their first leg result against the sugar millers. Stima was another team he scored against in both legs, and with the powermen, the second was more detrimental as he did a brace.
As they head to Bandari, the former Muhoroni Youth forward has scored in all of their last four outings- two of those- involving holders Gor Mahia FC, and looks set to wheel away from the very tight leading pack in the scorers’ log. He has breached Gor Mahia, Vihiga United and Western Stima backlines, and- as the league heads down to the homestretch, just how far can Enosh Ochieng go?