It’s always easy to shine the limelight on the goal scorer in a match- especially, the scorers of decisive goals and little credit tends to go the way of the assist provider. The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has been awash with players specifically tasked with setting up goals for their main men at the front in recent years and we choose to shine some little light on them this season.
KPL week one had 26 goals scored- some from sheer individual effort and others from brilliant plays by some players in the attacking third. Not all came assists came from the attacking third, however, as you will see.
Topping week one’s assist list will be Gor Mahia’s Wellington Ochieng with two contributions- both to his skipper Kenneth Muguna who fired a brace. A match that saw 7 goals, Muguna himself got on the assists chart with two cross-balls. First, a freekick for Charles Momanyi’s header and second, a delicious cross for Boniface Omondi’s injury-time finish. Tusker had Boniface Muchiri with a brace- the first, set up by Jackson Macharia and the second, a long kick from goalkeeper Robert Mboya.
Nicholas Kipkirui’s effort in the match was borne off a defensive lapse from Tusker.
Western Stima’s Erastus Mwaniki and James Ogada were responsible for their two away goals- setting up Kennedy Owino and Samuel Abawa respectively. Kariobangi Sharks- who have never shared the spoils at home with Stima, had tried to get into the match but only managed two goals- Erick Kapaito and Patrick Otieno’s goals being assisted by Peter Amani and Harrison Mwendwa.
Three goals were scored at Sofapaka-Posta affair. Elli Asieche stood up to fire home a penalty after Peter Lwassa had been brought down in the box. Posta responded through Gerson Likono and Eliud Lokuwam- each set up by Francis Nambute and Jackson Dwang.
In Kisumu, Enosh Ochieng picked up from where he had left last season, scoring two goals. The first came off a rebound from the goalkeeper who had parried an initial Elvis Nandwa shot. The second, a headed cross from Oscar Wamalwa’s right-wing delivery.
Collins Wakhungu has stepped up for the initially vacant position of lethal point man for the sugar millers and has opened his account from week one. The upcoming forward struck first in their tie against Wazito FC and was set up by speedy winger Robert Arot.
Nzoia, however, did not hold on for a win and Elvis Rupia canceled out Wakhungu’s effort from the spot. This had been occasioned by a handball in the box.
Enock Agwanda was written all over Kenya Commercial Bank’s 3-0 win over SoNy Sugar FC in Awendo. Opening the scores through a Samuel Mwangi assist, Agwanda would assist the second goal scored by Stephen Waruru in his traditional long-throw-ins. The third goal- a deflected effort from Dennis Odhiambo, who- after a lackluster clearance from the SoNy Sugar defense, drove home for 3-0.
Four goals were scored at the green stadium in Kericho, Kepha Ondati bagging two of those- the first coming off a rebound from the keeper and the second, aided by Dennis Ongeri’s industry on the flanks. Derrick Anami managed a goal in the tie- set up by Brian Asewe while Chemelil Sugar’s consolation came in the way of a Rashid Moyo’s strike assisted by John Ochieng’s long ball.
In Kakamega- only a goal was scored as AFC Leopards took a fall at the hands of Kakamega Homeboyz. Makeshift Right-Back Andrew Waiswa was only attempting to change the flanks with a diagonal ball to Stephen Etyang but the youngster opted to make the most of it- scoring from way out for a Waiswa assist.