Three-horse race as focus shifts to Golden Boot

The 2018-19 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title was officially snapped up by Gor Mahia FC on Wednesday 22 May, the team’s third on the trot after their closest competitors this season Bandari FC and Sofapaka FC each dropped points earlier in the day.

Gor, playing a 4:15 kick-off clash in Machakos against Vihiga United, had the title wrapped up as early as the first half and didn’t need a single point from the tie as the Dockers and Batoto Ba Mungu had just recorded draws. These two had played from 3 pm and 2 pm respectively.

The ultimate team trophy is gone, but there are still a few honors to be fought for and the golden boot looks like it will go down to the wire.

None of the top three leading scorers managed to find the back of the next hence and are separated by one goal each, the remaining two fixtures for both teams present Allan Wanga, Umaru Kasumba and Enosh Ochieng with a last stab at the top scorers’ accolade.

Kakamega Homeboyz travel to Zoo FC in Kericho, the second last chance for Wanga to stretch his 18 goal tally- and later on, meet face to face with Sofapaka in the last clash of the season.

Umaru Kasumba celebrates a goal in a past match [IMAGE- Sofapaka FC]

Kasumba, on the other hand, travels with Bandari FC to the coast for their penultimate clash and then locks horns with Wanga in the final clash of the season. He is at 17 goals, one better than last year’s tally of 16 by 2018 golden boot winner.

Ulinzi Stars did get three goals past Kariobangi Sharks- and one could think that in a match like this Enosh Ochieng should feature among the scorers.

He did not, and with 16 goals for the season, the former Muhoroni Youth man has Kenya Commercial Bank and Mount Kenya United as the two last chances to overtake the front two of Wanga and Kasumba.

He has KCB and Mount Kenya United next [IMAGE- KPL]

Cliff Nyakeya and Derrick Otanga of Mathare United and SoNy Sugar respectively are both on 13 goals and if their peaks lie in the last two matches, they might as well be counted in the race.